Gate of Heaven Pdm, Bentong 文冬上天之门支团I learned about the formation of Legion of Mary in Bentong and Triang ( state of Pahang ) recently, a great news indeed.
Through the arrangement of Fr. Joseph Low, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Bentong, we visited the two new praesidium on April 19 & 20 respectively.
Unknowingly, I was opportune to be present at a historical moment ... the handing back of Sacred Heart Church, which has been developed and managed by CDD (（Congregatio Discipulorum Domini Disciple of the Lord - lacking information in English) for the past 55 years, to the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.
Fr. Andrew Kooi, a diocesan priest, will take over the parish from Fr. Joseph Low on May 1, 2012, thus signifying the closing of CDD mission in Bentong.
Sacred Heart Church and the adjacent Bentong Catholic High School are two historical and testimonial landmarks recording the great sacrifices and contributions of CDD to our local Catholic church in general, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in particular.
In 2008, the Catholic church has informed the Ministry of Education of its intention of taking back possession of the land of the Catholic High School on or before 31-12-2012. It meant the school has to move out before the stipulated date. (The school was built by the CDD in 1957. However, due to changes in education system in the seventies, the land belongs to church, the management of school is under the Ministry of Education in order to receive grant from the government)
The Bentong Chinese community was upset over the decision of the church. The school is a semi government aided Chinese school with 87 % students from Chinese, 10 % Malay and 3 % Indian families.
Many non-Christian students joined Bentong Catholic Youth Leage formed by the CDD pioneer Rev Fr. Ma (deceased) in 1962. It produced many leaders and a priest. In 1976, Fr. Ma formed the Holy Rosary Catholic Youth leage in Holy Rosary Church, Brickfieds, and it is still very much active and alive today after more than 35 years.
Shifting a school is a big event of the community.
As the school and church are as old as our nation, it prompted some comments from the local residents that the church is following the example of the government in "purging" foreign elements ... the foreign priests and non-national type schools. In this case, the church is "purging the missionary priests and non-English school".
I hoped they are wrong, and prayed that whatever decision made by the church, is for the good of the people of God, the church and the community at large.
Man can manipulate history, but not a single entry or record in the Kingdom of God written in blood.
Whatever it is, there is one thing must be purged, not only by the church, but by all people - the use of lethal cyanide in gold mining near a new village.
My friend Lim Chee Keong brought us to Bukit Koman New Village for the ONE and ONLY "bak Zam" duck in Pahang (most probably in the country also) !
The Australian gold mining company which uses cyanide in processing gold, is just sited next to Bukit Koman New Village! (see latest news in Bukit Koman)
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白斩鸭 Bak Zam Duck
在不知道情况下，这趟拜访，也使我体验了历史的重要一刻 - 在文冬经营了五十五年的主徒会，将会在五月一日，正式把圣心堂交回给吉隆坡总教区。