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Dare you make this Change – a proposed ministerial nominee for the coming Singapore elections « Daring to Change April 20, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, Singapore.
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I just couldn’t resist taking the time to pick out the important lessons off from her talk when she received her commendation from Venerable Jingkong some 3 years ago. I may have missed a couple of points,but I think I have somewhat covered most of the pointers. I only have pockets of time to do this and I thought the best format would be in the form of a ‘poetry’. And I call this ‘Dare You Make This Change’ — Lessons from Hsu Chih. She is an extremely humble person, but I thought she’s got lots of cool factor that is humble yet gutsy; old yet young. Here’s my shot for the day:

想年轻 就年轻!

Think young and thou shalf be young!


买菜  洗菜
多麻烦 !

Eating is a waste of time

Why waste it on

Buying food, washing them

& cooking them

After whish

the hell of washing follows

What a chore!

做有意人的事情  更妙 !

Might as well read books

Do chores to benefit mankind  Such is a pure wonder!



Only harbors the idea of Love

Love is her religion

Nothing else.

The heart is at peace

And the mind is for humanity

发脾气  浪费时间
伤害自己 伤害别人

Boil not your head


Fuming churns away your time

Harms yourself & others

交水电   房租

Not taking patient’s money

Whatever money that is given to her

She passes it on to the poor

To pay for bills, rent

To buy food.




She never wastes


there are many poor people to take care of

That’s Why

she feels she needs to be as poor as them

永远爱世人 爱众生


Is her mantra

Always love humanity, love all fellow beings

行好事, 做好人
就在她 执着的博爱

She focuses on mainly four beliefs:

Keep a good heart, say the wise words

Do the good deeds, practice being a good person

100 years of achievements

lay on the principle of compassion.


Sad people are many, poor people are many

Mingle among the poor and interact with them

She feels uneasy when she is better than them

This is real: Not that she feels uneasy

The poor who sees the better off are uneasy


Henceforth the effort to experience the poor’s life

Be part of the majority

Such heartfelt emphathy is the foundation of peace !

– compiled in the stanzas in the middle of the night by Karen Fu…

Night All !

PS: The basis of peace formed by Teresa Hsu may be a tall order. If not almost impossible, but I believe that if we could move towards the basis of empathy in her direction, we would have sorted out a lot of problems in life. The essence of thrift, sharing and compassion could take us all out of misery that is stemmed out from jealousy, greed and poverty.

If there were no age limit, I would really like to vote for Centenarian Hsu Chih as a minister. Perhaps a designated special post for her to serve as a life’s inspiration that there is always hope, faith and love for people who have a passion for life. I think its very meaningful. And she deserves it.

A minister is a respected leader who selflessly give to his / her people in action that is as solid as his/her words. Her almost 100 years of track record is nothing short of brilliance. Her humour belongs to some of the finest. Her tenacity is one of the toughest, for she stands by herself, for herself and for the people whom she used all to care and cherish. Albeit her age, she thinks clear, sees clear and hears very clearly. Perhaps a little slow now. But considering her heart is golden and her thoughts are pure; if there were a chance, she would be great mentor at the very least.

I truly admire her substance. Something that is grown over time in the sheer test of poverty and hunger; who shines and get noticed because people accidentally discovered her.

She is a definitely a national gem and I think we are very fortunate to have her ! — Karen Fu


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