Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In Memory of Chong Ma Lean

Ma Lean is my 3rd youngest sister from the 2nd marriage of my father to Chak Wai Lin. My father passed away on 20 Nov 2009 of heart failure at age 88 while Ma Lean's mother passed away on 18 Aug 2012 at age 67 due to a relapse of cancer.

My oldest sister Moon Lean, seen in red by my father, is 79 years of age who will turn 80 this Sept 6.

My second sister Mei Lean in a sleeveless blouse, seen beside my father, is 64 years of age who will turn 65 this Aug 7. She lives in the UK.

Ma Lean turned 40 earlier on Feb 14 this year. She had been living in Klang with friends after losing both her parents. The above photo was taken on her birthday celebration.

I had tried to put her with friends from Church in PJ but she didn't stay long and returned to Klang

I had also offered her a choice to stay in JB with a car that was nearer to me as my family is based in Singapore. She did drive over to our home in Singapore where we talked about plans that she could prepare to work in Singapore but when I went overseas at that time, she drove back to Klang again and never returned.

I visited her on occasions to meet with some of her friends

Most helpful of all her friends was a Catholic named Raj Kumar who let her stay with his mom and sister in Klang with plans where she could work in a small business with his sister. The above is a photo when I was first introduced to him in the A&W drive-through outlet in PJ in the August month of 2015.

I invited Raj to bring Ma Lean to the KL branch of our LDS Church one Sunday but that was the only time she came.
I celebrated one of her birthdays with her when I was in town.

According to Raj after her 40th birthday in February, she started to have symptoms of headaches and merely requested for Panadol. She had also started to lose weight and became very fair. When the headache became intolerable, she was admitted to the General Hospital in Klang in the first week of June. 

When diagnosed that she had a tumor growing in her brain she was transferred to the Sungai Buloh hospital.

They confirmed it was malignant and the doctors decided it was too dangerous to operate and did not proceed. She passed away at 7.17pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Cause of death stated in her death certificate is as follows, "Space occupying Lesion with Malignant Cerebral Edema."

The last photo of her with her favorite doll in the casket at the Gui Yuan Crematorium in Petaling Jaya.

She was cremated on Friday, June 15.

Her name has been added to a perpetual 'In Memory' Easter post for those who have died and will live again because of Him found here. She joins her parents in the spirit world and others who passed on earlier whom I am aware of where their names have been added in my special Easter post shared in the link given above.

Her ashes will be placed next to our Father's lot at a location reference ash urn No 2-13L-1-12. Our father's location reference is seen below:

The above photos are original from our father's in memory post of the Kwong Tong Cemetery located at Lot 507 Seksyen 69, Jalan Dewan Bahasa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur.

To be continued or edited where necessary...

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The Real Mother of all Elections in Malaysia, the GE14 today on 9 May 2018

Why I had to add the word "Real" is many thought the GE13 last held on 5th May 2013 was the "Mother" meaning the huge and biggest election that would be decisive as to bring about Real Change or in Malay "Ubah" in the country's style of leadership or political rule in Malaysia.

Yet the GE14 can be said to be the "Real Mother of all Elections" in Malaysia. To understand why, one can read my journal of Politics in Malaysia to gain a narrative or understanding of the Malaysian political scene over time. My journal of the GE13 is referred so that a comparison can be made to understand what differences were there within 5 years of each other.

I personally did my duty in the morning according to our Constitution of our country to vote freely in my usual Taman Cheras district. With technology today, I used the SPRM Apps downloaded on my iPhone to know where to go:

By just entering your Identification card number, I can see the location is the same place as in GE13, the Sekolah Menengah Sri Sepurna private school or the former Taylor's College campus.

I went to the white canopy registration area to get my slip below after producing my Identity card.

Miracle signs come to my Consciousness to know that I will have something to write about in my Story of 7 miracle journal post!

I couldn't help smiling seeing my lucky double 7 number to remind me to record this Big Day's experience in my Story of 7 journal post. Click here to jump to the date of 9 May 2018.

I got my double lucky number 7 for my slip of paper to go to room 4 to do my duty to my democratic country of Malaysia to cast my vote as I have always done according to the Constitution of my country. I am a proud to be a Malaysian to have raised 6 children here by my wife and I who are youngest of 7 children and relented to agree not to have our number 7 child as she asked for a break haha!

My contribution to the country of being a Malaysian is shared in an Independence or "Merdeka" journal post and my stand against corruption in the country is also recorded in many places since young found here and here. When I turned 58 years of age, born in the Chinese year of the Dog in 1958, I made this video at the height of my participation in an anti-corruption street protest by peaceful Malaysians in the year 2016 where I couldn't help but cry as I was filming the masses of people marching into our KLCC Twin Towers.

Since my first participation in my first street protest of Bersih 2.0 in 2011 to today's election results in 2018, 7 years had gone by to remove what we believe has been a major ruling political party turned corrupt in the government. The number of 7 years to reach the achievement of this day is another reason why the GE14 experience should be in my Story of 7 post mentioned above.

I joined the queue to cast my vote and wait to see the overall results by midnight!

There is a lot of anticipation for everyone casting their vote on this day!

Indelible ink was used to prevent cheating of voting twice implemented after the Bersih 2 protest demands of 8 points noted in my journal post or in the Bersih 2.0 webpage.

Dr Mahathir makes his speech before midnight of Elections day:

Dr Mahathir made this live video on Social Media from Petaling Jaya Sheraton at 11pm on the same day of the elections:

It's confirmed that the new coalition of Pakatan Harapan won the election to form the new government. Details can be viewed online.

7 year journey

It is coincidental that I started to help in influencing the political scene of this country just as an ordinary citizen 7 years ago. Click here or the photo below to read my early beginnings of acting on My Consciousness of what I knew was happening in Malaysia that could ruin us for good! 

My Cup is Full! There is however much more work to do to continue to build this country of ours and it's colorful diverse people! I can now proceed to work on publishing my first Book entitled, "My Consciousness: Abacus to the Cloud. I've been called a Chronicler as I can easily write my journals of life experiences. This Book is not about my Life or my biography but about how anyone can understand the workings of their Consciousness, such as who is the "I Am" and use the awareness to live a happy productive life during their sojourn on earth, no matter what the challenges may be, as what I decided to do when I was a child. I learned it in all my life and still continuing to learn and share in the world of Social Media which represents the Cloud technology(From USA) from where my ancestors started with the Abacus(From China) and here we live in Beautiful Malaysia with the best of the West and the East to build our own future!  Malaysia Boleh!

Listen to the music I used to create the video below for a youth group learning Self Reliance!

I broke the temporary silence in my Facebook timeline with reasons explained in the Facebook post itself below:

The News goes out to the World
Click here or the photo below to read the first news out to the world in Social Media!

From Malaysia:

From Singapore
Click here or the photo below to read 

Special Thanks to the eligible voters who made the effort to travel near and far, especially those who came home from overseas to cast their precious vote to help Malaysia move forward!

Thursday 10 May 2018
Press Conference

10 May 2018
7th Prime Minister sworn in.

Click here or the photo below to read

Taking the oath at the King's Palace

With the appointment of Dr Mahathir as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia confirmed and the organization of a new government with new leadership, every Malaysian in the country and around the world must surely feel the same way as I do personally, in simple language of Bahasa Malaysia, "Malaysia Boleh" or Malaysia Can with the spirit of positive emotions that as a developing nation, the country can "Succeed", "Win" and "Change" for the better. The music mentioned above with Malay lyrics can be heard by clicking the video shared above or by clicking here.

Everyone's excited and so am I but life will return to it's normal humdrum pace I am sure, meaning we will all take things for granted and carrying on living the routine life that we are all used to, looking after our personal daily needs. This may be so for many but there are the few who will continue with a vision of the role they want to play in their life, to maybe fulfill the purpose they believe they are meant to achieve in the country they are born in. I call it the Optimal Consciousness of Man and Dr Mahathir could be one such man who has shown his greatness in the past and could even return back to the same path again but with a different Consciousness. He came back with even more humility, confessing his mistakes of the past, feeling the need that something needs to CHANGE and he would act upon it even at his very mature age before he meets his Maker.

To be continued... 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Memory of Anthony Lim Teong Keat

Born 9 Nov 1938 and passed away peacefully on 14 Feb 2018

From the PJ branch presidency:

We wish to invite you to celebrate the life  of Bro. Anthony Lim Teong Keat, a stalwart of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Malaysia, who passed away peacefully on 14 February 2018. We will be holding a viewing this Tuesday, 20 February 2018, from 8:00AM - 11:15AM at PJ chapel, 2 Jalan 52/4, PJ New Town, 46200 Petaling Jaya. Following the wake, we will be commemorating his life at the chapel from 11:30AM. We will then proceed to the burial grounds, where we will dedicate the grave at 2:30PM at Kwong Fook Cemetery Sungai Besi at Sungai Besi, 43200 Kuala Lumpur. We will conclude following the grave dedication & there will be no subsequent event thereafter.

Thank you and hope to see you on Tuesday.

This "In Memory" post is created from my heart and mind as the author of this blog that started for my own family that later extended to friends who when become close to you, is also regarded to become like family to me! Hence my often used cliche that "Family and Friends are Forever!" This post will be linked to an Easter Memorial post that I created some time ago to include my family, friends and some people I may not have ever met before but have 'departed' whom I like to keep in remembrance of with the joy of Easter that gives hope to me that I can personally meet them again one day.

Some photos of Anthony's life and brief historical information of the Church in Malaysia will follow. This is possible as Anthony Lim was a true pioneer of our Church in Malaysia who faithfully served the Church in his own country and kept the faith till his very last breath. This is in spite of all the challenges that he or any man can face in life! Being well versed in the English language and having a passion for writing, he became a newsletter producer and a natural historian for the Church in Malaysia. Much of the content of this post is only made possible by referring to Anthony's written record with details here.  The older photos are sourced from either Anthony himself when he was living or friends living in the same generation in the beginnings of the Church, with names indicated, while the later ones from 1980 onwards when I came into the stream of his life are from my own albums. Captions for the old photos are extracted from Anthony's historical documents in my hands or from those sent to me from other pioneer members of the 70s era. I am grateful for social media technology that makes the creation of this 'In Memory' post possible.

The 70'S


In the month of November, Anthony Lim was one of the two non-members who attended a first meeting of 8 persons carried out in a room at the Kuala Lumpur Merlin Hotel, presided by Jon Lim his cousin from Singapore. Jon Lim was to later serve as President of the Singapore District in Aug 1982 - Dec 1984 (Reference - A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Singapore, Journey to Stakehood 1964-1997 Pg. 90)


After a year of study and prayer, Anthony Lim was baptized at the Merlin Hotel pool, later known as the Concorde Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur on 3 December 1972 at 6.30am by his cousin Jon Lim. He is officially the first member in Kuala Lumpur to be baptized while a member up north named Thee See Bah was baptized the previous year in Penang on 26 July 1971 where there was a Church group made up of primarily Australian members from the Royal Australian Air Force. He is now living in Hawaii.


Anthony joined the Church group meetings that started at the YWCA in 1973 for the next 6 years in Kuala Lumpur, photo courtesy of Jackie Ho living today in the US.

 Anthony at the baptism of Bee Poh by Bruce Knudsen, photo courtesy of Jackie Ho.

Family Home Evenings were organized at his home in Happy Gardens that started on 29 July 1974 as per the historical record of the Church kept by Anthony. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ho.

1976 Feb
President's Hinckley visit to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

Notes of Anthony with Gordon B. Hinckley, then an Apostle seen in Singapore and a mention that he did visit Kuala Lumpur too.


Sep 2 - Final signing of documents of the incorporation of The Malaysian Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the  Company's Act - with John Peterson, Lafe Shumway, Anthony T.K. Lim and Rodney B.L. How as directors.

The 80'S


I first met Anthony Lim when I came back to Kuala Lumpur after I had completed my tertiary education in Australia.  I came home for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Feb 1980 prior to receiving my call as a full-time missionary to serve in the Singapore Mission, reporting to the MTC in New Zealand on 5 Aug 1980.

The above photo was taken after I had returned to KL with David Soon, my mission companion, to serve as full-time missionaries. The members in KL branch had moved from the YWCA to start meeting in the new Church-owned property in Petaling Jaya sometime in Jan 1979. The arrows point to Anthony on the right and my mother on the left who followed me to Church when I had first returned home.  She decided to take missionary discussions with the missionary couple Elder and Sis Stoker as recorded in this journal post. I had returned back to Australia for my university convocation and she was baptized on 22 Mar 1980.

The lady on my mother's left is Sis Cheah who was our first convert whom be baptized who was our landlady who rented a room to us in PJ as shared in this journal post. Anthony lived closed by and would often visit or give us rides when we didn't have a car yet. He was also showing himself to be a good missionary in fellowshipping with Sis Cheah and even my mother.


Anthony in this year was also called as the first Branch Mission leader in the KL and we worked even closer to him to help in the missionary work of the branch. He had served as the Branch Mission leader till 1990 for ten years where over 24 members were baptized at one particular year(record), the average being 9-12 per year.

The 90's


In the Malaysia District Priesthood Leadership meeting for the northern branches of Ipoh and Penang branches presided by the President Warren R. Jones (Mission President July 1991-July 1994)


Pres. Carmack, the Asia Area President set Anthony Lim apart on 10 Jan. 1993 as the National Director of Public Affairs.  He was always active to make contacts and arrangements for events of our Church in the public.

May 5- Bro Anthony Lim, the National Director of the Church Public Affairs for Malaysia had arranged 5 volumes of the Mormon Encyclopedia to be presented by Prof Halvor P. Hansen from the University of the Pacific, California to Puan Mariam, Deputy Director of the National Library in Kuala Lumpur.

Aug 15- Anthony is seen on the far left, on the occasion of Ipoh branch members now having their own church-owned building for their use.

Apr 8- District Council meeting held in the PJ meeting house presided by President Gary Orgill as counselor of the Mission Presidency with Anthony seen on his left.

1994 May was the Branch Conference in Penang with the presence of District officers visiting from KL. The photo is taken inside the branch building, a renovated bungalow that the Church had purchased and was dedicated by President DeLaMare of the Singapore Mission on 7 July 1987. Anthony is seen in the left back row.

Sep 28- Royal Dinner Invitation (Japanese Menu) at the King’s Palance in Kuala Lumpur with the King of Malaysia, Tunku Ja’afar, and Queen arranged by Bro. Vincent & Sister Sandra Gordacan of Las Vegas. They knew the Royal Family for 27 years through Sister Sandra. Also present at the Dinner were Pres. Gary Orgill and wife, Marcia, Pres. Chong Sun Fu and wife, Geok Lee, Pres. Ivan Bee Ho and wife, Sophia and Bro. Anthony Lim.(On the Left back of the Queen) At the end of the Dinner, Bro. Gordacan thanked the Royal Couple for the gracious invitation to get to know the Church Leaders.

December District Conference in Kuala Lumpur where John  H. Groberg was the visiting General Authority with Anthony Lim seen in the front row 2nd from the left. Anthony Lim as the 1st National Director for Public Affairs held exhibitions on the theme "Strong Families can hold our World Together" in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. A uniformed Church Choir also sang in public shopping centre of Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur and Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya for Christmas.


In May, a public event to keep Anthony busy is the Young Ambassadors Tapestry performance where the Church worked with the Lions club to raise funds for building a cancer hospital led by MAKNA.

The New Millennium to 2018

2004- Seen busy with his granddaughter Jaszlyn

2005 - At the Family History Centre in PJ

2005 Dec - Reunion with an expat family visiting KL again, the Forsyth family. Jaszlyn is growing fast!

7 May 2007
His Poem

Life's Journey on record---
 By Anthony Lim, 7 May, 2007. (Copyright Reserved by his family.)

I 've always wondered how  I should tell a friend,
That life on earth is like a particle of sand.
Compared with oceans of sands of eternity
Such immensity of space and time you see!

In life, we must choose and stand for something,
Lest we may fall for  anything or nothing.
True,an angel looks after  us while on earth,
As commissioned  to record those things of worth.

When you do really serve  your fellowmen all,
You are only in the service of God's call.
What  you do for the least of your brothers near,
You are only doing it to Christ so dear.

What we think, say or do can be rich amount,
What matters most are taken into account.
The sweet angel notes down anything that's true,
In the Book treasured biography of you.

Sharing your bread with attitude, sad or glad,
God loves to see your smiles though you may be mad.
Is there any wonder why you never ask
How the angel record this important task?

Your multi-purpose life you strive all your days,
He notes them  with keen observation always.
Yes, he writes all you think, say and love to do,
But things which matter not disappear from you.

 If you meet  life with adversity and pain,
With the Lord's strength, your victory is not in vain.
Do not forget to turn away self and sin,
Do what pleases our Lord and truly win.

Is an angel  watching over us daily,
Keeping us  safe by His Spirit really?
Our thanks and praises to God and His Son,
For their mighty works and mercy, well-done!

Someday, the Book of Life will be read to you,
Of all your   thoughts,words, and deeds that  are true.
How you wish you could have done even more.
When you enter the Celestial golden door.

O, lest you feel bad, you have not done so well,
Cheer up, son, while there's life, let's strive to excel!
With tears, plead with the Lord you truly repent,
On past shortcomings and sins you sorely spent.

Wake up, and pledge, “I'll live my life for Christ, mom.
In  His Name's sake, I 'll carry on work for some!”
The time comes when your life on earth is over,
You stand firm on your belief the best ever.

The straight path to God I continue to endure,
To excel those things which are divine and pure.
You can still win souls for Jesus at ninety,
Age is not a factor in eternity!

At last you can put all your labours at rest,
For making peace and love with God at your best.
To obey God's commands is your first consent,
When you know the true God and Christ He has sent.

Let's link families to ancestors as we're told,
As saviours on Mount Zion we strongly hold.
To gain Eternal Life is truly treasured,
More abundant life, peace and joy be assured.

His son Elisha served a mission in Ogden Utah from 2002-2004. Jaszlyn was baptized on 20 Sep 2009, making her a 3rd generation Mormon in his family! She is 17 years old today on the passing of her grandfather!

2011 - While he was still in KL branch, foreign visitors like Michael Simpson above would love to take a photo with him as the first member baptized in Kuala Lumpur and really the oldest pioneer member from Malaysia who is still serving the Church to the end in his own country!

Even when he moved to PJ at a time I had to shuttle between KL and Singapore, wherever I meet him, he is always seen as positive and encouraging other members at Church, some of whom are from overseas too.

20 Feb 2018
The Last Farewell....Till we Meet Again.

He rests peacefully at the PJ Church Building in PJ Newtown

The Service begins...

At the grave site

Elisha dedicated the gravesite for this father. We bade our last farewell to him and felt peace and love in our hearts.

Here is something I like to share in this memorial blog post of Anthony Lim. In my short talk at the funeral service that can be reviewed above, I said only a few words mentioning that my talk can be lessened in time as all I like to share can be viewed on this special post for brother Anthony.

After the funeral was over, I was on WhatsApp with Elsha, who confirmed what I heard earlier from his sister Vivien as to how Anthony passed away on Valentine's day with the photo below:

This was the taxi that was booked for Anthony to go from PJ to visit his old parents' home in Sentul where only siblings are left today for a Chinese New Year visit. Along the way, he felt like vomiting and told the driver to stop by the side of the road. After doing it, he went back into the car and the journey continued. He told the driver that he felt sleepy and would lay down on the back seat to rest. As they were approaching the home the driver tried to alert Anthony but there was no response. So the driver tried to touch him to wake him up but found that he was already cold and stiff!  He called Vivien to explain what had happened. How peacefully he passed away without any pain or struggles or a need to be suffering pain or receiving endless treatments in a hospital prior to his death. He was seen at Church the previous Sunday as normal so Bro Anthony was truly blessed to be able to leave so peacefully.

Now Vivien had related this to me a couple of days before the funeral service. She asked me what did I feel about the number of the taxi, whether it was anything special? So I started adding the numbers up 1+9+3+2 which equals 15. Add 1+5 further to get number 6. Hmm... I thought I might get my lucky number 7 which I have a lot of stories written about that starts here called the Story of 7. Well for some reason, to respond to Vivien, I quickly googled number 6 to find this site which says, "Regardless of your beliefs, 6 is a powerful and unique number which definitely reminds us to keep our thoughts and actions as positive as possible."   Wow to me it sounded like the character of Anthony Lim I know, always very Positive indeed!

Now here is something more interesting. Vivien said a Chinese relative said the number came up as the 1st prize the next day. At that time I didn't follow up to check but after the funeral when I was working to complete this blog post, I thought I'd check but I've never gambled before and didn't know how to check. So I thought I will search the Magnum site to check. It didn't have a draw the next day of Feb 14 which is the 15 but the next draw would be on Feb 17 which is a Saturday. So I chose that date and keyed in the number 1932 and look what result I got from the screenshot of my phone:

The number did come out but maybe not first prize but it did come out at the next draw where one could win $179,820 if you bet BIG with max of 999 that I keyed in, not understanding what it all means personally as I have never gambled, buy a lottery or even buy shares in the stock market! I know several people who lost all they had involved heavily in one of the above!

Let's Celebrate his Life!

Click this photo below to view the Church News coverage of his life:

Now even though the miracles of Anthony's life has nothing to do with the actual number of 7, which is what my Story of 7 was about when I first started it, I had later changed the criteria of what stories would qualify to be in that special blog post. I will now continue the celebration of his life in the Story of 7 post found here