Saturday, June 26, 2010

Feng Shui: The Klang Valley and Parliament

Prof David Koh and Joe Choo wrote this in the Star dated 25th June 2010.

Sri Petaling has benefited tremendously from the construction of the National Sports Complex, closure of the rubbish landfill, Light Rapid Transit (LRT) station, the Kesas Highway and Endah Parade shopping mall. (For Google map reference, please log on to and search for “Kuala Lumpur”.)

We have also covered a few of the condominiums, apartments and low-cost flats in the vicinity. Within section 149b (roads with the suffix 149b), there are the Endah Villa Condominium, Sri Endah Apartment and 14 blocks of flats. Two schools - primary and secondary – and a community hall are also found here. To the west, there are rows of houses along roads with the suffix 149d.

The terrain in this roughly rectangular area is quite flat. The hills and highland are found further north, east and south (beyond the Kesas Highway). The west is also raised, thanks to the KL-Putrajaya Highway. Thus, we find a small bowl-like valley here that can collect earth energy.

There is a big monsoon drain at the south, parallel to Jalan 4/149b, just before the Kesas Highway. It eventually joins the Kuyoh River and move on to Klang. Smaller monsoon drains channel rain water perpendicularly into it from the north.

Modern-day rivers
Monsoon drains or similar large drainage systems can be considered rivers in this day and age. Gone are natural rivers which carve their own paths to the oceans. Property developers in this country tend to change the entire landform to suit their needs.

This is the most straightforward way to develop land and maximise its utility. It is much harder and less profitable to design towns and properties that suit the land’s natural forms. Only very high-end and expensive developments offer this luxury.

Rivers and mountains play important roles in environology. Earth energy emanates from the top of mountains and flows downhill to valleys, plains, rivers and eventually, the ocean. In the big picture, the central focus from which earth energy comes is Mount Everest.

The energy radiates outward and downward through the mountain ranges. One of these ranges extends into the Malay Peninsula. We call this the Main Range or Titiwangsa. At Bukit Tinggi, two smaller ranges branch out and form a claw that embraces what we now call the Klang Valley.

This is a very conducive formation and is likely to explain why the Klang Valley is the most prosperous area in the whole country. Yes, you can say that the state of Selangor is the most prosperous but if you look carefully, most of this prosperity is centred in the Klang Valley.

Klang Valley prosperity

The powers-that-be should consider environology factors if they are thinking of moving the seat of government to the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).
You could say tin played an important role in spurring the Klang Valley’s growth but Ipoh and the Kinta Valley were similarly rich in tin. In fact, Ipoh was the first administrative centre in Malaya for the British, having established a beachhead there during the Residency days. J.W.W. Birch, the first resident in Malaya, was assigned to Perak, not Selangor.
The centre of administration, business and finance eventually shifted to the Klang Valley because, in our opinion, of the attractive energy pool created within the Klang Valley.

This also suggests that our nation’s capital – be it financial, economic or political – should remain within the Klang Valley. Relocating it outside the valley could lead to a decline in our country’s affairs.

Sometime ago, we covered Parliament House in our tour and noted how our nation’s history very closely followed a series of changes predicted by the I-Ching’s hexagrams. If Parliament House is relocated, the powers-that-be must carefully consider the environology factors instead of just cost, logistics and convenience.

The seat of government should always be on higher ground. This is a position of authority. The present Parliament House fits this criterion. The proposed new site – the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) – also sits on high ground and therefore fulfils the criterion, too.

Seat of power
The seat of power should also be located at the north-west sector of the city, which represents the patriarch or master. In this regard, neither the present nor the proposed location fits the bill. This could explain the difficulty Tunku Abdul Rahman had in keeping Malaysia together. Singapore seceded soon after and Tunku left office following the May 13 tragedy.

In any case, we urge caution about the PICC. Putrajaya is not located within the Klang Valley and therefore does not enjoy the same pool of conducive earth energy found in the latter. Even within the township, the PICC is not in the north-west sector. It is found in the south.

The fact that the PICC is under-utilised, as reported in the press, should be a warning sign. Of course, one can assign many “obvious” reasons for that. Putrajaya is too far away from Kuala Lumpur. The management company was not aggressive or creative enough to attract events.

Putrajaya is the nation’s administrative capital and with that comes plenty of clout. It is also next door to Cyberjaya, the centre of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC). Surely something can be done to increase its usefulness and usage.

Perhaps then, there is another reason for the PICC’s situation. Perhaps it is not conducive from an environological point of view. If that is so, relocating Parliament to this complex may also create more woes for our nation’s lawmakers, and by extension, our country itself. Interesting food for thought, is it not?

Earth, wind, water
But we digress. We were saying rivers and mountains could affect earth energy. Water has a different rigidity from solid ground. Earth energy cannot penetrate water. Thus, when it flows down from the peak of a mountain or hill, it is deflected and reflected by the river. This reflected energy is gentle and homogenous, which are desirable traits.

When a river is curved to embrace the land, the rebounding energy is concentrated like a parabolic dish. Properties built to face this pool are likely to do well. If a river forms an outer elbow, the angle of deflection is such that the energy is dispersed, and properties here tend to do poorly.

The condos, apartments and flats in 149b of Sri Petaling are sitting in a bowl-like valley where earth energy tends to accumulate. This is attractive to life. However, this is also often associated with vice activities: gambling, protection racket, gangsterism and prostitution.

Roads with suffixes 149d and 149j are very close to the elevated KL-Putrajaya Highway. This poses a slight challenge as the highway becomes an artificial mountain that impacts the earth energy pattern. Furthermore, wind turbulence from the highway’s traffic can disperse the energy. Thus, properties which are too close to the highway are likely to do more poorly than those further away on the other end of each row. This will happen naturally anyway, due to higher amounts of noise and air pollution.

There are two rows of shophouses here - one along Jalan 1/149d and the other along Jalan 1/149j. The land is mostly flat but there is actually a gentle slope from north to south. Furthermore, there is a river running in a north-south direction to the east.

All these point to one thing - the best direction to face is south. This follows the slope and is also parallel to the river’s direction. Since the shophouses here have been operating for a few years now, the effect is quite apparent. Those along 1/149d seem to do better than 1/149j. Of course, a logical explanation could also be that 1/149d has a higher visibility from the main roads than the other. We leave it to you to decide.

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