Dear elders and fellow villagers, I am Yun Long Zi, formerly known as Cheah Fah Loong. Thank you for your warm welcome.
Tian Yi Ju Shi is my grandfather Mr Dai Qiaoxing. I am here with my grandmother and my cousin Dai Bangwen, back at our hometown to pay our respects to our ancestors and to visit the elders and locals.
I am accompanied by my Chinese and Singaporean friends, as well as journalists from major newspapers in Penang and Kedah.
My grandfather said Hakka is Mandarin, and Mandarin is Hakka. To make it easier to understand, I will speak in Mandarin now.
President of the Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall Datuk Cheng Lai Hock.
President of the Kedah Yoon Thai Association Mr Luo Weijin.
Datuk Rick Cheng.
Dear elders, fellow villagers and friends:
My grandmother Yang Qunying’s second uncle, who is my uncle is Mr Yang Zhixiang. He was a scholar from Dapu, Guangdong, during the Qing Dynasty. He was sent by the Chinese government to serve as a trainee consul at the Consulate of China in Penang.
My grandfather, Mr Dai Qiaoxing, was born in Yongding, Fujian. He left his hometown at a young age and came to Malaysia. Through the matchmaking of my uncle, he married my grandmother.
My grandfather, Mr Dai Qiaoxing was the committee member of the Kedah Yoon Thai Association and the abbot of the Thai Pak Koong temple. But he became famous for his expertise in geomancy and providing guidance based on people’s Eight Characters. I heard that half of the children in Alor Setar were named by him.
My grandfather Tian Yi Ju Shi Mr Dai Qiaoxing had five sons and ten grandchildren who is now around the world.
His eldest son Mr Dai Zhongfa and family is in the United States. Today, his great-grandson, Dai Bangwen returned to pay respects to his ancestors on behalf of the family. Mr Dai Bangwen has several businesses in the United States primarily in the construction of houses.
I am my grandfather's eldest grandson and am in Singapore. I inherited my grandfather’s family business. 16 years ago, I founded Lotus on Water. 10 years ago, due to overwhelming demand from clients, I announced my retirement and no longer meet with clients.
However, Lotus on Water is still in business. It’s thriving with customers from all over the world with the exception of two places: Antarctica and Arctic. Apart from Antarctica and the Arctic, we have clients from all major continents around the world.
During the pandemic, I was honoured to be invited by CCTV to hold my fengshui art exhibition on the Great Wall.
The Great Wall of China, with a history of 3500 years, is the first of the Seven Wonders of the World and I was the first artist to be invited to exhibit my Feng Shui art on the Great Wall.
In addition to China, I also exhibited my works in Europe, in the Netherlands and Spain. Next month, I have been invited by Thailand to receive a medal from the King of Thailand. In August, I have been invited to hold an exhibition in Japan. In October, I will attend a state banquet at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
If this is not a blessing from heaven due to my ancestors’ virtues, I’m not sure what it is. I am grateful for the fengshui and benevolence accumulated by my ancestors. Today, I return to my hometown to express my gratitude.
We will work hard and never bring shame to our ancestors, and not forget the generosity of our motherland and hometown.
We are Hakkas. As Hakka, no matter where we go, we never forget our home.
The Thai Pak Koong Temple was first built in 1862 and has a history of 161 years. In different eras, tt has become a spiritual sanctuary for people, providing direction and strength for progress. Today, nearly two hundred years later, the Thai Pak Koong Temple still stands proudly by the river, looking out at the ebb and flow of the tides, witnessing changes in people's lives. This is a testament to the perseverance of the Chinese in Kedah.
I salute my friends in Kedah!
I am grateful for the warm reception from my fellow villagers and elders. Datuk Cheng Lai Hock of the Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall came to welcome us personally. It is truly and honour. For our return to our hometown, the president and friends from the Yoon Thai Association worked tirelessly and devotedly. I know that this is due to the relationship built up over generations.
“Whether the water in the river is beautiful or not, whether it is close to the hearts of the people from our hometown.” This ladle of warm water from old friends will always be remembered in my heart.