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For Ayle Lang Syne, My Friend

Dr Alex Tang

 

I first met Yee Woo about 10 years ago when I first joined his Bible study group. He was a quiet and gentle man. Yee Woo was a shy and very private person but over the years I get to know him well.

I became very impressed with him when I discovered that he had a defective heart valve. He became tired easily yet he always shouldered a heavy workload without complaints. I was with him when he had the heart valve replacement operation done in the Hospital Sultanah Aminah. Again I was impressed with stoic way he borne all his afflictions.

As I get to know him better I discovered that Yee Woo is a man of strong passion.

This passion is love, four loves


His love for his wife, Pat. Pat, Yee Woo loves you very much. A married couple tend to take things for granted but an outsider can see it clearly.


His love for his three sons, Zhen Rong, Zhen Yang and Zhen Kang. He called them his three musketeers. He is very proud of them. He was so happy when Zhan Rong got a place to study medicine in Monash.


His love for his job and the people involved
o As a teacher and as a principal, he has a heart for this colleagues and staff.
o He has a heart for his students. Often I have heard how he counseled the parents. He also told me about how he help controlled gangsterism in his school and how he raised fund for his poorer students.


His love for his God.
o He loved Jesus as his Lord and saviour. Sometimes, in the Bible study discussion, he would reveal this love. Most of the time, he does not talk much. He always let his wife do the talking.
o He is a Christian who talks little but does much.
 

Reminds me of one of Jesus' parable
Matthews 25: 15-30. This is what we commonly called the parable of the talents.

"Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 1To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. `Master,' he said, `you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.'

"His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

"The man with the two talents also came. `Master,' he said, `you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.'

"His master replied, `Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'

"Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,' he said, `I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.'

"His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

" `Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

 

Yee Woo will be welcomed by the Lord as a good and faithful servant.


What is his legacy?
I believe that by his love for his wife, his sons, his job and his God, he has touched all our lives. He has showed us what the love of God is. He has made this world a better place. That is his legacy. And I am proud to call him my friend.

Pat, Zhen Yang and Zhen Kang, in the difficult days ahead, hold on to his love. He would have like you to do so. Remember that he love you very much. That is his special gift for you.

Remember that this parting is only temporary. He is now in paradise with Jesus. We shall meet him again when our time to leave this earth comes. Then we shall be together again forever. That is the hope of all Christians.

 

|posted 13 June 2006 Funeral wake service|
 

               

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