Chinese in Malaysia

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History

The Chinese people are the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia after the Malays. Malaysians of Chinese descent consist of several sub-ethnicities, such as Min Chinese, Yue Chinese, Hakka Chinese, Wu Chinese and Northern Chinese. The first established Chinese settlement in Malaysia was formed in the 15th Century when the Chinese Princess, Hang Li Po was betrothed to the Sultan of Malacca. Since then, the Chinese have grown to become the second largest population in Malaysia.

 

The First Wave – Strategic Alliance

An artist’s illustration of Admiral Zheng He

An artist’s illustration of Admiral Zheng He

The history of the Chinese people in Malaysia began with the arrival of Admiral Zheng He (1371 – 1435), who was also known, as Admiral Cheng Ho. Cheng Ho was an explorer, eunuch, and diplomat of the Chinese Ming Dynasty. During his lifetime, he went on a total of seven voyages during which period he journeyed to Malacca five times.

The replicas of Zheng He’s ships

The replicas of Zheng He’s ships

Following Zheng He’s diplomatic missions, the 6th Sultan of the Malaccan Empire, Mansur Shah (r. 1456 – 1477) arranged for a political marriage with Hang Li Po, a Princess of the Ming Dynasty in 1459. Prior to marrying and becoming the 5th wife of Sultan Mansur Shah, Princess Hang Li Po converted to Islam. When Princess Hang Li Po arrived in Malacca, she brought with her 500 royal chambermaids.

An artist’s illustration of Princess Hang Li Po

An artist’s illustration of Princess Hang Li Po

As a wedding gift to his new bride and her attendants Sultan Mansur Shah bestowed upon them a designated area in Malacca, which was named Bukit Cina. In developing the area a water reservoir was built which later came to be known as King’s Well and became an important water source for the people who lives in the area. In 1677, the Dutch built a wall around the well and converted it into a wishing well. Today, Bukit Cina is one of the largest Chinese cemeteries in Malaysia, with approximately 12,500 graves. Strangely, there are no surviving records of a Chinese Princess named Hang Li Po in the Ming Dynasty records in China. It is believed that Princess Hang Li Po may not have been an immediate family member of the Ming Dynasty Emperor Yongle, but rather a member of his royal court.

Many of Hang Li Po’s chambermaids married the male attendants of Sultan Mansur Shah and produced Malaccan-Chinese descendants. The descendants of this first group of Chinese immigrants (who were from the Chinese Hokkien sub-ethnic group) who arrived in Malaysia between the 15th and 17th century are known as the Peranakan, of which a sub-branch is known as the famous Baba-Nyonya. The men are known as Baba and women are called Nyonya.

The King’s Well

The King’s Well

 

The Second Wave – in Search of a Better Future

The second wave of Chinese immigrants to Malaysia arrived when the Malaysia was a British Colony in the early 19th century. At the time, the country was known as British Malaya which covered present day Malaysia and Singapore. During that period, China was experiencing critical upheavals and had recently lost the First Opium War (1839 – 1842), the Second Opium War (1856 – 1860), and was in the midst of a civil war between the Chinese Nationalist Party and the Communist Party (1927 – 1950).

Internal conflicts plunged China into deep recession, which gave rise to an unstable political environment and difficult living conditions that forced many Chinese to emigrate in search of better opportunities. One of the more popular destinations was British Malaya. Most of the second wave Chinese immigrants came from the Fujian and Guandong provinces.

 

The Third Wave – Foreign Spouses

Peranakan bride and groom in traditional dress

Peranakan bride and groom in their traditional attire

The third wave of Chinese migration to Malaysia occurred in the 1900s but this time in comparatively smaller numbers, as many of them came as spouses to the people who had previously migrated to Malaysia. Most of them came from the northern part of China and spoke the Mandarin dialect.

 

Chinese Population in Malaysia

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The Chinese are the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia after the native Malays with the Indians being the third most populous race in the country. Approximately 6.9 million out of the 31 million people living in Malaysia (or 22.6%) are of Chinese descent. This group consists of several sub-ethnicities and each with its respective dialects such as Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka and Teochew.

 

Various Chinese Dialects in Malaysia

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Hokkien Dialect

There are two variations of the Hokkien dialect spoken in Malaysia: Penang Hokkien and Southern Malaysian Hokkien. Penang Hokkien originates from the city of Zhangzhou in China and incorporates the use of Malay and English words. Southern Malaysian Hokkien is based on a dialect spoken by the people of Quanzhou city in China. Many of the words from Penang Hokkien and Southern Malaysian Hokkien are similar to each other, and therefore, both dialects are often referred to as just Hokkien.

Penang Hokkien is mainly used by Malaysian Chinese people who live in the Northern states of Peninsular Malaysia, such as Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, and the town of Taiping, Perak. Those who live in the Southern parts of Peninsular Malaysia, such as in the cities of Klang, Malacca, Johor and Kuching, usually speak the Southern Malaysian Hokkien dialect.

 

Cantonese Dialect

The Cantonese dialect is a variant of the Chinese language that originates from the Guangzhou region in southeastern China. Cantonese is used by Malaysian Chinese who live in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia, in cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Seremban, Ipoh, Kampar, and Kuantan. In addition, the Cantonese dialect is commonly spoken in the Sandakan District in Sabah, and the Mersing District in Johor.

 

Hakka and Teochew Dialects

The Hakka dialect is similar to the Gan language as compared to the Mandarin language. Hakka is spoken by the Malaysian Chinese who live in the major districts of Sabah, such as Kota Belud, Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Marudu, Kuna, Lahad Datu, Semporna and many more. On the other hand, Teochew is a dialect that originates from eastern Guandong, and is commonly spoken by Malaysian Chinese who live in Johor Bahru, the capital state of Johor.

 

Religions of Malaysian Chinese

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Nearly 86% of Malaysian Chinese engage in ancestral worship, Mahayana Buddhism, and are often influenced in their daily lives by Confucian philosophy. 11% of the Chinese people are Christians with the remaining being atheists, Muslims, Hindus, or belonging to some other faiths.

 

Chinese Influence in Local Malaysian Culture

The interior of a Peranakan house

The interior of a Peranakan house

Architecture

Chinese architecture in Malaysia consists of both traditional Chinese and Baba-Nyonya styles.

Traditional Chinese Architecture

Traditional Chinese architecture emphasises symmetry, enclosure of open spaces, design based on a hierarchy of importance, horizontal emphasis, and compliance with cosmological principles. A traditional Chinese building maintains balance and symmetry by incorporating empty spaces surrounded by buildings that are connected to each other either directly or via verandahs. Hierarchy is also important in traditional Chinese building complexes, and is indicated by the placements of the building and the positioning of the doors.

For example, a building with a door facing the front is more important than a building with a door facing the side. In addition, a traditional Chinese building complex complies with Chinese cosmological concepts such as feng shui and Taoism by using symbols of fortune and prosperity such as fruits and animals like three-legged frog. The following are several buildings that conform to traditional Chinese architecture in Malaysia:

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu and is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Construction of the temple completed in 1987, and the opening ceremony was held in 1989.

Address:
65, Persiaran Endah
Taman Persiaran Desa
50460, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2274 7088

Thean Hou Temple at night

Thean Hou Temple at night

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple or ‘Merciful Cloud Temple’ was built in 1646. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Malaysia that is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin.

Address:
25, Jalan Tokong
75200, Melaka

Phone: +606 282 9343

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Xian Si She Ye Temple

Xian Si She Ye Temple was built by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy in 1864. The temple is dedicated to Si Shi Ye and Xian Shi Ye, two deities that are believed to have aided Kapitan Yap Ah Loy during the Civil War and increased the Kapitan’s status and prestige.

Address:
14A, Lebuh Pudu City Centre
50050, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2078 9052

Sin She Si Ya Temple

Xian Si Ye Temple

Baba-Nyonya Architecture

Over the centuries, the Peranakan culture created its own unique styles of architecture. One such style features a reception hall, an ancestral hall, regular bedrooms, bridal bedchamber, and kitchen. Other unique features are colourful flooring, and a courtyard in the middle of the house to provide good air circulation, enable natural light to enter, and promote socialising with other family members. To understand more about this type of architecture, which is called Baba-Nyonya architecture, you can visit the Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca. The city of Malacca itself was declared a World UNESCO Heritage site in 2008.

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum

Baba-Nyonya Heritage Museum
Address:
No. 48 & 50 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
75200, Melaka

Phone: +606 283 1273
Email: admin@babanyonyamuseum.com
Website: http://babanyonyamuseum.com

Daily Tour Times:
10am – 1:00pm (last morning tour 12noon)
2pm – 5:00pm (last evening tour 4pm)

 

Language

Children in Peranakan costume

Children in Peranakan costume

Malaysia is a cultural melting pot of different backgrounds and traditions. Therefore, Malay, which is the official language in Malaysia, is heavily influenced by other languages and many Malay words have similar pronunciation compared to those from other languages. Although the Chinese are numerous in Malaysia, the complexity of Chinese dialects means it has had a lesser impact on the Malay language when compared to Indian dialects such as Hindi and Tamil. However, there are several Malay words that can be traced back to Chinese origins:

Several Malay words which originate from the Chinese vocabulary:

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1. kurma date fruit ko lo ma
2. cengkih clove chen chieh
3. pualam marble pa wan lam
4. kemukus cubeb ka mo ku su
5. intan diamond yin tan

 

Malaysian Chinese Festivals

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. This festival is believed to be the most celebrated event amongst Chinese people all around the world. It is usually celebrated between January 21 and February 20 according to the Gregorian Calendar.

The Malaysian Chinese people often celebrate Chinese New Year by visiting and spending time with their family to feast, drink and be merry. Customarily, married members of the family give out money stuffed inside red envelopes called, ‘ang pao’ (literal meaning is red packet), to their unmarried family members. People who live overseas will often make considerable effort to travel back to their hometowns to celebrate Chinese New Year with their family.

Family gathering during Chinese New Year

Family gathering during Chinese New Year

Within Malaysia, there is also the tradition of Lion Dance performances during Chinese New Year, especially in shop fronts of Chinese-owned businesses to beckon fortune and great wealth to come. The lion’s head used in the Malaysian Lion Dances is unique, as it is made of rattan and not from the traditional bamboo. Malaysia exports its rattan lion’s heads around the world.

The New Year celebrations often last up to 15 days every year. During those days, friends and family members come together for feasts, and toss Yee Sang, a colourful Teochew-style salad containing raw fish, shredded vegetables, and special sauce, with their chopsticks to represent the wealth and good fortune they are going to receive in the upcoming year.

Yee sang

Yee sang

Amongst the Hokkien Malaysian Chinese, there is also a custom to pray to the Jade Emperor on the ninth day of the Chinese New Year. Offering him sugarcane sticks, they thank him for protecting and saving their ancestors during an attack by the Manchurians in 1652. Another practice that is unique to the Malaysian Chinese is the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day that is held on the last day of the New Year celebrations, and has been a celebration by people of Penang for around 100 years. On that day, unmarried maidens throw mandarin oranges that have their names [and in the modern day] phone numbers written on them into a river to represent their wish to find suitable husbands. Single boys, on the other hand, throw bananas into a river to represent their wish to find great wives.

 

Qingming Festival

Family members visit their deceased relatives during Qingming Festival

Family members visit the graves of deceased relatives during the Qingming Festival

The Qingming Festival is celebrated by Malaysian Chinese to honour their deceased ancestors by paying homage to them and cleaning their graves. This event usually takes place on the 15th day following the Spring Equinox of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Chinese Buddhists offer incense and food to their deceased relatives on the altar, or burn ‘afterlife’ houses, cars, cell phones, toys, watches, and other items made from paper for their ancestors to use in the afterlife.

Houses, cars and other amenities for deceased love ones

Houses, cars and other amenities for deceased love ones

 

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns

Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns

The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th night of the 8th month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Also known as the Moon Festival, the event marks the radiant full moon on that day. People celebrate by eating Chinese ‘Moon Cakes’ while enjoying the light of the full moon together with their family. It is also an occasion for them to express gratitude for a great harvest or any good event that happened during that year. Beautiful Chinese lanterns are lit and carried by children.

Mooncakes

Mooncakes

 

Dragon Boat Festival

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The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, is held to honour a historic Chinese scholar named Qu Yuan, who heroically drowned himself in 278 BC to voice his disappointment against government corruption. Legend tells of fishermen who searched for his body with boats, and threw rice balls into the water to prevent the fish from eating Qu Yuan’s flesh. The fishermen later put the rice inside bamboo sticks before throwing it into the sea as a way to tell the local river dragon that the rice was meant for Qu Yuan instead of for the dragon. The Dragon Boat Festival is observed on the 5th day of the 5th month according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Since the time of the Tang Dynasty (265 – 419 BC), the Dragon Boat Festival has been celebrated by dragon boat racing with boats that are beautifully painted and decorated with a dragonhead on the prow of the boat, as if the entire boat is a dragon. The boat racing is to commemorate the fishermen who roamed the river in search of Qu Yuan’s body.

It is also a time of eating triangular glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaf, called zongzi. The centre of zongzi is often filled with meat or vegetables.

Zongzi

Zongzi – glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves

The Dragon boat race has been held annually in Penang since 1979. The Penang International Dragon Boat Festival (PIDBF) has attracted participation from all over the world to compete in the event. Dragon Boat Races are also held in other parts of Malaysia such as Putrajaya, Malacca, and Sarawak.

 

Wesak Day

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Wesak Day is celebrated on the 4th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, on the day of the full moon. The celebration observes the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni and on that day; Buddhists make offerings of alms to monks, decorate their shrines with flowers and light, and refrain from eating meat.

 

Locations Associated with Malaysian Chinese

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Many well-known places associated with Malaysian Chinese culture are located in the city of George Town, Penang that houses many historical and cultural landmarks. In 2008, George Town was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its effort to preserve various cultures in Malaysia. There are a number of notable places associated with Chinese heritage in George Town, such as the Goddess of Mercy Temple, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi, and the Pinang Peranakan Mansion.

 

Goddess of Mercy Temple

Goddess of Mercy Temple in Geogetown, Penang

Goddess of Mercy Temple in Geogetown, Penang

The Goddess of Mercy Temple, also known as Kong Hock Keong Temple or Kuan Yin Teng, was built in the 19th century by Malaysian Chinese of Hokkien and Cantonese descent to honour the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, Kuan Yin. Kong Hock Keong Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist Chinese temples in Malaysia that also attracts many Taoists and those who adhere to Confucianism especially on Chinese New Year’s eve. The temple is also packed with believers who want to pay their respects to Kuan Yin on her birthday, which falls on the 19th day of the 2nd lunar month following the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The temple also houses other deities such as Tua Pek Kong, Hor Ya and Tai Sui.

The Goddess of Mercy Temple is located in the centre of George Town. If you start from Chulia Street, walk in the direction of the Indian Temple until you reach Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, which is only five minutes’ walk away from the Goddess of Mercy Temple.

Goddess of Mercy Temple
Address:
Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
George Town
10200, Pulau Penang

 

Cheong Fatt Tze (The Blue Mansion)

The beautiful Blue Mansion

The beautiful Blue Mansion

The Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion, was built in the 1880s by a wealthy Hakka Chinese businessman named Cheong Fatt Tze. The indigo coloured mansion was constructed to serve as his office and to house his large families. Originally, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion had 38 rooms, five courtyards paved with granite flooring and 220 gothic louvered windows.

Cheong Fatt Tze, who built the Blue Mansion

Cheong Fatt Tze, who built the Blue Mansion

The mansion was later left abandoned before being turned into a luxury boutique hotel in the 1900s. Due to its beauty, the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion has won several awards, such as the Malaysian National Architectural Award for Conservation in 1995, UNESCO’s Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000, Best Tourist Attraction Merit Award by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts & Tourism in 2003, ASEANTA 2004 Excellence Award by ASEAN Cultural Preservation Effort, and the Best Boutique Hotel 2008 by the Expatriate Lifestyle. In addition to being a luxury boutique hotel, visitors can still view some of the preserved rooms in the mansion on a 45-minute tour that costs RM16.

Cheong Fatt Tze (The Blue Mansion)
Address:
14 Leith Street
George Town,
10200, Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 262 0006
Website: http://www.cheongfatttzemansion.com

 

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi was built in 1851 as a clan house for the Khoo Family who migrated from South China to Malacca. The Khoo family was part of the Leong San Tong (Dragon Mountain Hall) clan from the Sin Kang clan village, in Fujian Province.

In 1906, the Khoo family constructed the clan temple to house the clan’s main deities and ancestral tablets. Although the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi does not serve as a functional clan village anymore, it is now famous for being a tourist landmark in George Town. There are many events held at Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi such as:

  • An Evening of Light at Leong Sang Tong Khoo Kongsi – a monthly event where all the lights are turned on to accommodate various cultural performance
  • Combat Carnivale at Khoo Kongsi – martial arts tournaments in a cultural heritage area held on ad hoc basis
  • Various plays and dramatic performances
  • Art exhibitions

Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi
Address:
18 Cannon Square
10200, Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 261 4609
Email: info@khookongsi.com.my
Website: http://www.khookongsi.com.my
Visiting hours: Monday – Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Admission fee:
Adults: RM 10/ person.
Children: between 5 – 12 years old: RM 1/ person. Children below five years old enter for free.

 

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Pinang Peranakan Mansion’s interior

Pinang Peranakan Mansion’s interior

Pinang Peranakan Mansion’s interior

Pinang Peranakan Mansion’s interior

Pinang Peranakan Mansion in George Town, Penang, exhibits extensive collections of antiques, as well as art and architecture that represent the opulence of Peranakan heritage. The Pinang Peranakan Mansion recreated a typical Baba-Nyonya house following the design of the home of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee (1821 – 1901). The newly restored mansion features Chinese carved-wood panels with English styled flooring and Scottish inspired ironworks.

Pinang Peranakan Mansion
Address:
29 Church Street
10200, Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 264 2929
Website: http://pinangperanakanmansion.com/
Visiting hours: Monday – Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Admission fee: Admission is RM20 per person. Children below six years old do not need to pay an admission fee.

 

Where to stay in George Town, Penang

Those who are interested to go to George Town to visit these notable Malaysian Chinese venues can consider Peranakan style accommodation. It is very easy to research accommodation that suit your requirements online, but here are a few suggestions:

Cheong Fatt Tze – The Blue Mansion
Address:
14, Lebuh Leith
George Town
10200 Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 262 0006
Email: reservations@cheongfatttzemansion.com
Website: http://www.cheongfatttzemansion.com

Jawi Peranakan Mansion
Address:
153 Hutton Lane,
George Town
10050, Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 218 9858
Email: info@jawiperanakanmansion.com
Website: https://www.georgetownheritage.com/jawi-peranakan-mansion/

Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Jawi Peranakan Mansion

Yeng Keng Hotel
Address:
362, Lebuh Chulia
George Town
10200, Pulau Penang

Phone: +604 262 2177
Email: reservations@yengkenghotel.com.my
Website: http://yengkenghotel.com.my

Yeng Keng Hotel

Yeng Keng Hotel

 

Chinese Cuisine in Malaysia

Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh

There are many Chinese restaurants in Malaysia that cater to the local Chinese population in Malaysia. The Nyonya cuisine, which is influenced by Indian and Malaysian cooking is a local favorite. Nyonya dishes usually include ingredients such as coconut milk, galangal, candlenuts, laksa leaf, pandan leaves, belachan tamarind juice, lemongrass, torch ginger bud, jicama and many other local Malaysian ingredients. Some examples of Malaysian Chinese dishes are Penang Char Kway Teow, Klang Valley Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Ampang Yong Tau Fu, Asam Laksa, Ayam Pongteh, Babi Assam, Lontong Cap Go Meh, Kiam Chye Boey, and Laksa Lemak.

Penang Char Kwai Teow

Penang Char Kwai Teow

The list of well-known Chinese restaurants in Malaysia:

Hakka Restaurant
Address:
90, Jalan Raja Chulan
50200, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2143 1908
Hours: 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm and 06:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel
Address:
11, Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2074 3904
Hours: 12:00 pm – 02:30 pm and 06:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Xin Cuisine
Address:
2, Jalan Sultan Ismail
50250, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2144 2200
Hours: 11:30 pm – 02:30 pm and 06:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Peranakan House
Address:
107, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock
75200, Melaka

Phone: +606 284 5001
Hours: Lunch and Dinner

Old China Café
Address:
11, Jalan Bailis Polis
50000, Kuala Lumpur

Phone: +603 2072 5915
Hours: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm

Sri Nyonya
14, Jalan 22/49
46300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Phone: +603 7875 1031
Hours: 12:00 – 2:30 pm and 6:00 – 9:30 pm

 

Prominent Personalities of Chinese Heritage

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Historical Personalities

Kapitan China Chung Keng Quee (1821 – 1901)

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Chung Keng Quee was born in Xin Cun villa of the Cheng Sheng County in Guandong, China, to a peasant Hakka family. He travelled to British Malaya in 1841 to fulfill his mother’s wish to find his missing father and brother. Chung Keng Quee finally settled in British Malaya after locating his father and brother, who both had founded a successful business in the country. He became a well-known millionaire philanthropist; an innovator in the tin mining industry, and the head of a Chinese secret society in British Malaya called Hai San. Eventually, he founded and administered the town of Taiping in Perak, and was appointed by the British to become ‘Kapitan China’ in 1877, an important title given to the leaders of the Chinese community in Southeast Asia.

 

Kapitan China Yap Ah Loy (1837 – 1885)

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Yap Ah Loy was born on March 14, 1837 to a Hakka Chinese family in Guandong, China. In 1854, Yap Ah Loy sailed to British Malaya through Macau. Although he found the place to be fascinating because it looked very different from his hometown and he wanted to go back to China. But fate took a different turn, as he lost his money and could not return. Instead he worked as a tin miner and a small trader. Fortunately, his good friend, Liu Ngim Kong, became the second Kapitan Cina for Kuala Lumpur in 1862. Yap Ah Loy worked for Liu Ngim Kong as his trusted confidant and eventually succeeded him as the third Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur and oversaw the Chinese settlers in the region. During his governance, he supported the local ruler named Tunku Kudin in the Selangor Civil War from 1867 to 1873. In addition, he was a businessman with diverse interests who managed to amass great fortune. Yap Ah Loy was credited for developing modern parts of Kuala Lumpur, such as Brickfields.

 

Business Personalities

Datuk Jimmy Choo

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Datuk Jimmy Choo is a Malaysian Chinese fashion designer based in London. He is famous for his high-quality handmade shoes with his brand name on them. Jimmy Choo was born on November 15, 1948 in George Town, Penang to a Malaysian Chinese family who had a shoe-making business. He reportedly made his first pair of shoes at the tender age of 11. A veteran in the fashion industry, Jimmy Choo has won multiple awards, such as The World’s Outstanding Malaysian Designer award in 2011, and the You Bring Charm to the World award in 2012. Other than high-end shoes, Jimmy Choo Ltd also produces ready-to-wear clothing and handbags.

 

Zang Toi

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Zang Toi is a talented Malaysian designer who has won various awards such as Mouton-Cadet Young Designers Award and The International Centre in New York’s Award of Excellence. He was bestowed a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan in 1997. Zang Toi’s designs can be found in international high-end department stores such as Nordstrom and Zang Toi Boutiques in Malaysia.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun is a self-made Malaysian Chinese billionaire businessman born in 1952. Vincent Tan is the Chairman of the multi-billion dollar company Berjaya Corp., which is a conglomerate covering golfing, property, resorts and gambling. In addition, he has invested in and owns interests in several international football teams such as Cardiff City Football Club, a Bosnian football club called FK Sarajevo, and a Belgian football team called KV Kortrijk. According to Forbes magazine, Vincent Tan is the 17th richest person in Malaysia in 2016.

 

Arts and Entertainment

Amber Chia

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Amber Chia is a Malaysian model and actress. She was born on December 14, 1981 in Teluk Intan, Malaysia. However, due to financial difficulties, Amber Chia was given to the care of foster parents at the tender age of eight. She had to quit formal education at the age of 15 and worked multiple jobs to support her family. Fortune started to shine on her after she moved to Kuala Lumpur to work as a model.

Her first significant achievement in the fashion world was winning the 2004 Guess Watches Timeless Beauty International Model Search. Since then, her career took off and she rose to stardom. Amber Chia was chosen by Victoria Beckham as the principal model for Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection her 15-year modeling and film career, she had been featured in more than 200 magazine covers, walked on runways in six different continents, acted as brand ambassador for approximately 30 different brands, starred in movies, and wrote two books. Her latest achievement is creating her own modeling and beauty school called Amber Chia Academy.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Kheng

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Michelle Yeoh Choo-Keng, also known as Michelle Yeoh, is a well-known actress of Hokkien descent. She was born on August 6, 1962 in Ipoh, Malaysia. In addition to being a former Miss Malaysian Beauty pageant winner, Michelle Yeoh was famous for performing her own action stunts early in her career opposite Jackie Chan. She has starred in major motion pictures such as ‘Yes, Madam’ in 1986, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ in 1998, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ in 2001 and ‘Reign of Assassins’ in 2011. In 1997, Michelle Yeoh was chosen by People Magazine as one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People in the World’, and was listed as one of the “35 All-Time Screen Beauties” by the same magazine for her unique combination of beauty and courage.

 

Fish Leong

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Fish Leong is a Malaysian Chinese singer of Cantonese heritage. She was born in Negeri Sembilan on June 16, 1978. She has achieved success in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. She is most famous for her love songs.

 

Politicians

Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui

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Tan Sri Peter Chin Fah Kui is a Hakka Malaysian Chinese politician who was born on August 31, 1945 in Kuching, Sarawak. Tan Sri Peter is a veteran in the Malaysian political scene. He has held several important positions in the Malaysian government, including serving as Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities from 2004 to 2008, becoming a member of the Malaysian Parliament for Miri from 1990 to 2013, serving as President of Sarawak’s United People’s Party from 2011 to 2014, and Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water from 2008 to 2013.

 

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung

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Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung is a Cantonese Malaysian Chinese politician who was born on March 15, 1955 in Alor Setar. He was a Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Alor Setar, Kedah from 1990 to 2013, and served as the Malaysian Minister of Housing and Local Government from 2010 to 2013. In addition, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Chor Chee Heung was vice president of the Malaysian Chinese Association.

 

Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon

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Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon is a Malaysian Chinese politician who was born on August 26, 1949 in Penang. He joined a political party called Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia in 1982. He was the chief aide as well as the political secretary for the former Penang Chief Minister Lim Chong from 1986 to 1990. He served as the third Chief Minister of Penang from 1990 to 2008 and the fourth President of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia from 2008 to 2013.

 

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Dato’ Lee Chong Wei DSPN DB DCSM

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Dato’ Lee Chong Wei DSPN DB DCSM is a Malaysian Chinese badminton player who was born on October 21, 1982 in Bagan Serai, Perak. He is regarded as a national hero by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for his extraordinary achievement as a Malaysian athlete. He was considered as the number one badminton player in the world from August 21, 2008 to June 14, 2012 for 199 consecutive weeks.

He has also won many awards, such as the Penang Sportsman Awards (seven times), the National Sportsman Award (four times), BWF Player of the Year Award (four times), TYT Prime Award Trophy (three times), Olympian of the Year Award (three times), Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) Award, and Most Popular Icon on Television Award by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).

 

Cheong Jun Hoong

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Cheong Jun Hoong is a Malaysian Chinese diver. She was one of the first pair of women together with Pandelela Rinong to win a silver medal at 10m synchronised diving event the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 
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  1. Yasir Haziq on Feb 26, 2019 at 1:17 pm

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  2. Datuk May on May 31, 2017 at 11:06 am

    While in school, history only taught us about one Kapitan China who was Yap Ah Loy. In this article there is mention of a few Kapitan China who were leaders in different areas of British Malaya.

    There are more details about the Chinese legend in Malaysia that was never studied in our History books.

    A wonderful article to mesmerise the migration of Chinese people to Malaysia and with the fourth wave now coming, let it be another successful integration and assimilation among all Malaysians.

  3. Anne Ong on Apr 11, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. The arrival of Chinese in Malaysia also add to the rich mix of ethnicity and religions, which add to the nation’s colourful culture of various festivals celebrated by all races. Truly educational and informative article. Thank you very much Rinpoche and writers for a wonderful write up! 🙂

  4. wan wai meng on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Chinese people have a saying, where there is water the Chinese will be there. I can’t seem to find a reference for this though. Which probably means if that place has sufficient water then the Chinese will find a way to stay and live there. Water after all is the essential for human life and all lives.

    So Chinese people can be found in all corners of the Earth, the reasons nowadays are not just purely economics, some Chinese just like countries other than staying in China or their home countries. Of course it is the hope of most Chinese that their presence brings culture, food and something different to the place they have decided to put roots to.

  5. Echeah on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    There are still people in the West that are not aware of Chinese people living outside of China, or overseas Chinese, as China Chinese like to call us. I raise my eyebrows when during introductions, some assume I must be from China since I look Chinese. When I say I’m from Malaysia, they say I must be Malay. These people can be so ignorant and out of touch with the world it’s pathetic.

  6. Lew on Feb 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    This is a good article about the interesting fact about Chinese in Malaysia. When I was studying in Melbourne in the 1990s, many of the Australians do not know about Malaysia, even if they know, they would think Malaysians are all Malays. It took us quite a bit of explaining to them to understand the situation.

    Fast forward to 20+ years to today. There are still many Tibetans who cannot differentiate between Malaysian Chinese and China Chinese. When they see Malaysia Chinese, they automatically think we are China Chinese. When they see Tsem Rinpoche with many “Chinese looking people”, they automatically said Tsem Rinpoche is paid by China. I feel Tibetans should really read this article to have better understanding before accusation.

  7. Choong on Feb 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    It’s a very long history, at least six centuries and counting. I myself can count and document six generations of my paternal family in Melaka which certainly have become synonymous with no other country except Malaysia. Malaysia is truly Asia!

  8. Fong on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you for this article on the Chinese in Malaysia. To cover this topic in any significant way will cover a whole book and more. Suffice to say that this is only the tip of the iceberg but a very good one. It shows how the Chinese came over from China to escape poverty and found fortunes through hard work. They have since become very much a part of the country though they managed to keep their culture and some, like the Peranakans have assimilated the local cultures into theirs.

    They have worked to make this country their home and contributed in various fields and ways to the economy of the country. Today’s Chinese, like their forefathers, only wish for peace and harmony so that all may prosper together.

  9. Lin Mun on Feb 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    This is a very interesting article and for me to learn the history of my own culture. Chinese in Malaysia indeed have gone through many different phases of colonisation by various government to be who they are today. The cultures of Malaysian are very rich and unique. For example Chinese in different state of Malaysia have different cultures and language.

    Although Malaysia have so many races, religion and cultures. I think it is by understanding each other that we can all come together to live in a peace and harmony environment. Irregardless whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, or Iban, we are all Malaysian and therefore should live in harmony and be united.

  10. Pastor Shin on Feb 16, 2017 at 6:36 am

    The history of Chinese in Malaysia is one that worth celebrating, of Princess Hang Li Po of Ming marrying the Sultan of Malacca, Sultan Mansur Shah where Malacca became became a protectorate and tributary state to Ming dynasty China. However, most are the descendants of our Chinese ancestors who arrived between the early 19th century and the mid-20th century who worked in the tin mines, rubber plantations and farmlands. The arrival of Chinese in Malaysia also add to the rich mix of ethnicity and religions, which add to the nation’s colourful culture of various festivals celebrated by all races.

    Due to the kindness of the government, we were able to maintain our heritage of language, culture, religion, and even establishing Chinese language medium schools here. As China emerge as a world superpower, the good relations of China and Malaysia gives our countrymen an added advantage for economic trade and tourism. May the Chinese in Malaysia always have gratitude to the government for allowing our ancestors and us to call Malaysia our home, and that may all races in Malaysia continue to uphold the harmony and peace in the nation.

  11. Stella Cheang on Feb 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    It is true that when one mentioned Chinese, one is expected to receive a mixed review or reaction. There is no doubt that some rotten apples of the Chinese descendants exhibit unethical business conducts, yet one cannot deny the fact that the Chinese descendants work very hard for themselves and have no qualms to contribute to the society wherever they go/are. The Chinese in Malaysia had come a long way since the 15th century. Therefore, it is heartwarming to read from this post the Chinese heritage and achievers throughout the years. May the Malaysian Chinese continue to showcase their peace-loving and helpful nature as well as give back to the community wherever they are.

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    Clear explanations , the meaning behind of anyone taking vows let it be to go meatless. The significance of taking the Vegetarian Vow as it creates more merits , less killing of animals, sufferings of animals and so forth. In recent years, more people are aiming for healthy life style for not eating meat , to be a vegetarian. Taking a vegetarian vows to remind ourselves and stays put being a meatless or vegetarian.
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    When practiced in itself, it is a basis of merit it leads ultimately to liberation from samsara. An act of giving will bring us happiness in the future, in accordance with the kammic law of cause and effect taught by the Buddha.
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    Thank you for the interesting sharing of Okinawa, hope to visit the great place and witness live of the famous Naha Tug-of-War Festival. I loved all the photos shared especially the yummy foods, the fascinating Yokusendo Cave, traditional Okinawa Craft Village and the secret of Abu Park.

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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
1 year ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
1 year ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
1 year ago
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
1 year ago
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
1 year ago
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
1 year ago
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
1 year ago
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
1 year ago
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
1 year ago
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
1 year ago
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
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Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
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Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
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We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
5 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
5 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
5 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
6 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
8 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
8 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
8 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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