Friday, January 20, 2017

From Fengshui to Environology, Master David Koh

I have always adopted an ambivalent attitude towards Fengshui (風水 – wind-water; study or practice of Chinese geomancy. Some of my earlier bosses were staunch believers of Fengshui. One of the practitioners who used to advise the late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong (of Genting fame) told me that he was not a believer until he began to study it in depth. He used the term ào-miào (奧妙; mystique) to describe the feeling that finally converted him to the cause.

It is now a big business. Lilian Too has published many books to “help” people to practise good Fenghshui. So has Joey Yap and many others from Hong Kong. And there are dedicated shoplots in malls to sell Fengshui stuff that will help you to enhance your geomantic future or overcome earlier oversights.  

When we Removers[1] of High School Muar 1961 finally got reconnected after 55 years, I saw that one of our mates had become an authority on Fengshui and had been accredited by some top universities in China as a professor in that study. Isn’t China the home of Fengshui? We are able to bring ice to Eskimos; fantastic!

Our Fengshui professor is David Koh. He is better known as Master Xi-I-Tze (虚一子) in the Fengshui circle.

Fengshui is something few mainstream academics would like to indulge too much in. But whether one likes it or not, it is a serious matter to many. The rich and famous in East Asia would spare no efforts in consulting experts in this branch of “metaphysics” if they are thinking of moving to a new home or office, erecting a new building, or even recruiting a key executive.

Notwithstanding, many would say it is nothing but a form of superstition, or at best, “buying insurance”, but David Koh who has spent more than forty years studying Fengshui says there is really more to it than what we sceptics think.

David has accepted my invitation to speak at The HEAD Foundation. More about David below:

David teaches regularly at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University and Tongji University. He developed and wrote the Geomancy Degree syllabus – perhaps the first in China and probably the world -  for these universities. He has also lectured, amongst others, Tsinghua University (Beijing), China University of Designs (Hangzhou), Shuzhou University (Shuzhou), Jia Xing University (Hangzhou), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rathman (Kuala Lumpur) and Universiti Technology Malaysia (Johor Bahru).

He has formulated a scientific system of Fengshui calibration which he calls the ‘four-step method’ and has devised an English version of the Lopan (Fengshui compass) incorporating binary language ‘1’ and ‘0’. He is perhaps the only Chinese Fengshui master who has extensive knowledge on Muslim geomancy, called Tiang Seri, Tajul Muluk and Ilmu Ramal. He has also given talks on these subjects.

The first ever Diploma Course in Environology  (Fengshui) that he designed and is now adopted by the Pertubuhan Arkiteks Malaysia (PAM), which has approved to set the Malaysian Institute of Environology Studies to conduct scientific research and formulate procedure, equations, and eventually set standards to regulate practitioners.

David also writes for The Star and Nang Yang Siang Pao.

His knowledge and experience comes from more than 45 years of study into this ancient Chinese science of geomancy and Yi Jing.

David is the founder of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (MINGS) a society involved in research and teaching of Fengshui. He is currently the Honorary Life President of MINGS.

[1] During that era, many students in Malaysia who had completed their primary education in Chinese schools had to do an extra year in “Remove Form I Class” before they were phased into the normal stream in English secondary schools. I was one of those who had to do this “Remove” class.

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