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June 9, 2012

The passing of Dr Lim Hock Siew

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Dear Editor,   

I am saddened to read the news of the passing of Dr Lim Hock Siew. Nevertheless, I am glad that the Straits Times carried a decent report of his demise,  “Barisan Socialis leader dies” (ST 6 June), which would at least remind Singaporeans of pioneer political leaders who had fought for Singapore’s independence and argued for a different political vision.
As a young lad in the 1960s, I first heard about Dr. Lim from my father who spoke highly of him and his political conviction. My father used to share a stall with Dr Lim’s dad, selling fish at the old Tekka Market. Like most people working in the market, my dad did not have the opportunity to attend school. But he was impressed with Dr Lim’s academic progress and achievement. More than that, my dad respected Dr Lim for his political conviction and his genuine care for the poor, for example, seen in the low-cost medical treatment that he gave to those who consulted him in his clinic at Balestier Road. Needless to say, like many poor, and usually less-educated people, my dad and mum went to his clinic whenever they needed medical care.
It is a tragedy that he had to be detained in prison without trial for almost 20 years. One day, I hope, his side of the story will be given a fairer hearing, and a respected academic will write a properly researched book of the contribution of political leaders like him. It speaks volume of his character that in spite of his incarceration, he kept his conviction and stood his grounds; qualities which people who aspire to political office should have. One may disagree with his political ideology, but he will be respected by those who know him as a politician who loved his country and cared deeply for the cause of the poor.
Daniel Koh Kah Soon

‘Dead’ boy sits up in coffin, asks for water and dies again in Brazil

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.. ‘Dead’ boy sits up in coffin, asks for water and dies again in Brazil

By ANI | ANI – Thu, Jun 7, 2012.. .

Melbourne, June 7 (ANI): A two-year-old Brazilian boy, who was declared dead, sat up in his coffin and asked for water before laying back down again lifeless. According to Website ORM, Kelvin Santos stopped breathing during treatment for pneumonia at a hospital in Belem, northern Brazil, reported. The boy was declared dead at 7.40pm on Friday and his body was handed over to his family in a plastic bag. The child’s devastated family took him home where grieving relatives held a wake throughout the night as the boy’s body laid in an open coffin. But just an hour before his funeral was to take place on Saturday, the boy apparently sat up in his coffin and said asked his father for water. “Daddy, can I have some water,” the child said. “Everybody started to scream, we couldn’t believe our eyes. Then we thought a miracle had taken place and our boy had come back to life,” the boy’s father, Antonio Santos said. “Then Kelvin just laid back down, the way he was. We couldn’t wake him. He was dead again….. Mr Santos rushed his son back to the Aberlardo Santos hospital in Belem,where the doctors reexamined the boy and confirmed that he had no signs of life. “They assured me that he really was dead and gave me no explanation for what we had just seen and heard,” Santos said. The boy’s family decided to delay the funeral for an hour hoping that he would wake up again, but ended up burying him at 5 pm the same day in a local cemetery. Santos, who is convinced that his son was victim of medical malpractice, has now registered a complaint with the police who have launched an investigation. “Fifteen minutes after rushing him away for resuscitation, they came and told me he was dead and handed me his body. Perhaps they didn’t examine him properly. Dead people don’t just wake up and talk. I’m determined to find out the truth,” Santos said. (ANI) ..

May 29, 2012

再见妈妈 Good Bye ,Mom..

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15-April 2011

Hi everybody, i would like to say a few words to remember my mother.

Koh Ai Tee, my mom was a kind hearted and brave lady. She would love me and my father, always putting ahead our needs over hers. She is selfless to the point where she’ll rather suffer, be insulted or misunderstood for her good intentions.
She has a brave heart. I remember the story told by my dad about this one time when they were on holiday in Sweden. A big-sized American man threatened dad and mocked him thinking he was a Japanese soldier. Small sized as she was, mom rushed to my dad’s defiance and used her head to butt the fellow’s chest. My father will always recount that story as an example of how mom would put everybody’s need ahead of herself.

My mother is a faithful Christian. For her physically weak body, she makes up by having a tough and strong mentality. On top of that, she places so much faith and hope in God. Through the course of the past year, mother underwent so much injections, chemotherapy, radiology and different drug change. Strong as she was, her body is still very human, and a physical body is so very limited in this temporal world.

Mother often wondered what lesson is God trying to teach her? Could it be she hasn’t been a good witness to her faith? At her darkest moment, i remember seeing her cry out “My God has disappeared, my God has disappeared.” That was very heartbreaking for dad and I. And yet after a while, mom would have willed herself and absolutely convinced herself that God is in control. Jesus loves her. And then we would hum the children song. “Jesus loves all the children, all the children in the world….” A simple children hymn, which is my mom, always childlike, always faithful. When she was slipping in and out of consciousness, father whispered to her “Do you know i love you a lot, a lot?” She said “You don’t even have to say it, I already know, but love God first then me and Wei.” She said that during her most difficult moments. I often wonder where she gets her faith from. Her anguish and pain is very real, but friends, so is her faith. Right to the end.

I am thankful that God allowed us enough time to say our goodbyes, twice in fact. When she was last warded, and doctors told us we only have a few weeks left. Since then, i have had heart-to-heart conversations with mom. This was something hard to do in an Asian culture. Where love is not outwardly expressed. Yet it is very important to say the words that matter. So I had an idea, to write letters to mom in a journal, she would write me back. To and fro, our correspondence nearly filled an entire book.

All through my adult life, i never really allowed my parents to fully participate in my search for my identity, and purpose in life. A struggle with my faith is also something very personal and i would wrestle my own demons and deliberately exclude my parents from the process. How i grow in the Lord is also a different experience as what my mom and dad went through. Although so, they’ve always taken little bits and pieces of time to show me how God has been gracious and good to our family since young. Mother said she has been praying for me even I was born. She prayed for her future husband, and God sent her my dad.

I have been placed in such a loving family who gives me the space to grow, to make my own mistakes and learn from them. God says “I am love.” But what does that mean for us? And then i look at Dad and Mom’s unfailing care and love for each other and i am convinced there is no better place for me to learn that than here, with Dad and Mom.

Mom would encourage me to talk to God about every little thing. She said that she always prayed for my future wife. And so, time will tell how that turns out.

I am thankful that i get to promise my mother that i will never let go of my faith, though we all have our own disillusions with Christianity and in God every once so often, i assured her that i will always remember my roots. Brothers, sisters and friends, people that i love, and who love me back, i am also counting on you to hold me to that promise.

I am thankful that i get to hug my mother, kiss my mother, hold her hands and tell her that i love her and even though she said not to be sad and to miss her, Dad and I will miss her very much.

God is good, even through our darkest moments; he has sent countless friends to support us. For food, for companionship, for heart-to-heart conversations. We have never been in want. You know individually who you are. My father and I are very thankful. Perhaps a reminder that God does not only exist in church, along the pews or over communion. Our God is an infinite God who is in the big things right down to the tiniest details. Your care and concern is one of those. God is also evident in my mom’s life. Her selflessness, love and gentle heart. There is still good in this world, it is with a heavy heart to say that my father and I have lost one of those who are good, and is beautiful today.

Thank you all for listening.







嗨,大家好,我想讲几句话,记念我的母亲。( 15/4/2011)



我的母亲是一位虔诚的基督徒。她的身体虽然虚弱瘦小,但是她面对艰难的事时,有着强大的心态和意志力。最重要的是,她把自己的信仰和对上帝的盼望,通过对过去一年的过程中,都充份的表现 出来。。母亲病时经历了这么多的注射,化疗,放射和对着不同的药物影响变化,她的身体已是受不了。。。但因为她凭着是强大的意志,那是人性化和一个肉体在这个时空世界是非常有限的。。她最后差点崩溃!

爸对我说,母亲经常在想,是上帝试图对她有什么教训?道是她一直没有一个很好的见证和信心不够?在她最黑暗的时刻,我记得我看到她哭了,“ 我的上帝已经消失,已经消失了,我的上帝你在哪里?。。”这是很心痛的一段时刻,爸爸和妈妈会任性绝对相信自己是在神控制中。。因为耶稣爱她。然后我们会一起哼唱妈喜欢的儿歌: 耶稣爱世界上所有的孩子,所有的孩子……”这是一首简单的儿童赞美歌。。这就是我的妈妈。她总是很孩子气,她总是很忠实。。当她的意识和体力开始滑落时,父亲低声对她的        “你知道我爱你很多,很多吗?”她说:“你不说出来,我已经知道,但要爱上帝,然后才爱我和阿威。。”这是在她最困难的时刻所说的话。。我常想,在那里她得到了她信仰的保证。她的痛苦是非常真实的,但是,朋友们,这是她坚持的信仰。。一直到她生命的结束。。。







上帝是好的,甚至通过我们最黑暗的时刻,他已派出无数的朋友来支持我们。不断供应食物,心对心的陪伴着我们谈话。这是我们从来没有想得到 的。你们心里清楚知道我在讲的“你”是谁。。我父亲和我心里都非常感激你们。这也是提醒我们,神不只是存在教堂里,在座位或高高在上的崇拜里。。而是,我们的神是无限的上帝,祂无所不在,从大的事情到最微小的细节。。您们的关心和照顾就是其中之一。上帝在我妈的生活例子中也很明显,她对生活的热爱,无私的爱和温柔的心。在这个世界上虽然仍然有好多好多美好的事物,但是我以一个很沉重的心情对你们说,今天父亲和我已经失去了一个最好的和最美丽妈妈的过去。



莫泽威。  粗糙翻译:莫泰驹2012年六月一日






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感谢上帝对我们的爱,感谢上帝的恩典,感谢上帝给我们盼望,感谢上帝赐生命中玫瑰有刺,感谢上帝赐生命中有春夏秋冬,感谢上帝祷告不应允,感谢上帝赐下平安喜乐。。感谢上帝赐予弟兄姐妹的爱心 . . 。。
感谢祂直到永永远远,天荒地老。。让我们毫不留情的信任上帝,让我们拒绝以完美的辩才代替自己个人对上帝的委身。。荣耀归于阿爸父神 .

January 20, 2012


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December 26, 2011


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在报章读到74岁老妇动了心脏手术之几天后逝世的新闻,心中已感到不平衡,再读下去,赫然发现,主刀和受训医生竟然在动完手术之后立即辞职和分别不再当实习医生。我心里感到很挣扎,纳闷和无限感慨。。想不久前,太太卵巢癌去世之前在医院发生的事又是一幕一幕的呈现在脑海里。。有一次周末在医院守着她时,看到太太睡着了,就快速的去洗手间一趟。。没想到才不一下子,回来的时候,看到太太床上的白布已染上大片红色血迹,还有满地的一堆血迹。。清洁工人快速地正要清理。。我既刻阻止他,要问明原因,但是他们只是说医生刚才在抽血。我问护士,那一位医生在太太睡时抽血,可以的吗?但他们却说不出是哪一位实习医生在太太睡觉时抽她的血。。而且是差错的抽血。可以这样子的吗?因为护士长(太太哥哥的教友。。)发现针管 筒插错!我既气愤又无奈。过后向化疗医生反映,她说,周末见习医生比较多。。我也不解,刚刚同一天才抽了数次血,在短短时间内又再抽?其回答是,不同医生,不同的要求!我的天啊!太太每次抽血都痛哭的声音声(因为她已近乎瘦得皮包骨。),喊叫我的声音,直到到现在还不绝于耳,挥之不去。




化疗医生来探病房时,太太那时还清醒,但眼睛是已看不到。听到医生高跟皮鞋的脚步声音,她马上喊:“安静!” 年轻的化疗女医生对我说:“ 惨了。。你太太一定骂我,因为我给她的药太强了。。”





November 27, 2011


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5 November 2011, 16:36



去台湾“逃避现实”的时候,有一天凌晨5点,接收到一个旧同事打来电话,哭泣的说:“。。xx 现在突然死了。。心脏病。怎么办?” 接下来,他每次不时打电话来,很多同事也陆续打电话来说年轻的他要寻短见,不要管孩子了。叫我即刻回来帮忙。。怎么办?我现在的情绪都自身难保。。我还在努力的要从悲痛破碎心灵走出来。。很多次想关上手机,但想起自己的处境,很了解他的痛苦。我硬着头皮,压住自己还在悲痛的心情,不断接听他的来电,有时还是在半更三夜。。我要求他站起来,并分享我的经历。。介绍他去谱导。现在听同事说他已开始接受事实了。。


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