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Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy Members Revisit Honolulu to Continue the Promotion of Love, Peace and Hope

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Proclamation of September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze Honored for His Peace Efforts in Honolulu in 2001

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, the leader of Tai Ji Men, is presented with a proclamation by the representative of Mayor Jeremy Harris of Honolulu in 2001, declaring September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu.

HONOLULU, Sept. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, various commemorative events took place around the United States. Twenty-three Tai Ji Men members visited Honolulu, Hawaii on September 3-5 to reflect on the historic day and the importance of peace. They also celebrated September 15 as International Love and Peace Day, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in Honolulu. The group visited different locations to promote the idea of conscience, love, and peace, including Honolulu City Hall, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, Honolulu’s Chinatown, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Waikiki Beach, and Pearl Harbor.

Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze, the leader of Tai Ji Men, Mrs. Hong, and Tai Ji Men members were invited to the 54th Annual DPI/NGO Conference in September 2001, and they witnessed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. During those difficult times, Tai Ji Men hosted ceremonies of ringing the Bell of World Peace and Love in New York and Honolulu to soothe people’s hearts and pray for the United States and the world, and visionary leaders from all walks of life were invited to ring the Bell and make peace wishes.

At that time, New York was in chaos, and the world was under the threat of more terrorist attacks. The iconic World War II port of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was projected to be the next target, and many people sought to evacuate the country. Tai Ji Men had been invited to participate in the Aloha Parade before the 9/11 attacks. Dr. Hong, Mrs. Hong, and the Tai Ji Men members, as martial artists, were adamant that they would fly to Hawaii as promised, despite all odds. Due to numerous flight cancellations, the group waited at the airport every day until they were eventually able to go to Hawaii on the 15th and 16th on separate flights. Despite the cancellation of the Parade, the delegation still held “A Night of Ancient Culture,” a cultural feast and an ancient bell ringing ceremony to pray for Hawaii, the U.S. and the world, in Hawaii Theatre Center on September 16.

430 Tai Ji Men members were supposed to participate in the parade, but only 36 were able to make it to Hawaii to perform at the theater. Their sincere, peaceful, and righteous performances brought nearly 1,000 people to tears. Jennifer Hung, a Tai Ji Men member who returned to Hawaii 20 years later, recalled, “When everyone closed their eyes, they silently and sincerely prayed that there would be no more terrorist attacks, that the living would be comforted, and that the souls of the departed would rest in peace. At the end of the event, many people were very touched and praised us for being fearless and selfless.”

During the bell ringing ceremony on September 16, 2001, Dr. Hong explained the significance of the ceremony: “The peaceful sound of the Bell brings the blessing of peace and stability. All living creatures in the world are our brothers and sisters. It is with a heavy heart that we pay tribute to the victims of September 11. Global solidarity and cooperation are an urgent imperative, and with sincere care from the heart, we can resolve the sorrow of the world and reignite the hope of life.” Dr. Hong expressed his prayers for the 9/11 attacks: “May the souls of the deceased rest in peace, and I lead my disciples to pray with the world with a sincere heart and the mighty righteous energy from the auspicious formation. Let us resolve hatred and conflict with love.” Representatives from many faiths and walks of life were invited to join in praying for Hawaii, the United States, and the world.

The then Mayor of Honolulu Jeremy Harris expressed his appreciation to Tai Ji Men’s contributions to world peace and praised Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze for being “an outstanding leader who imparts the philosophy of yin and yang, and advocates the concept of physical, spiritual and mental health.” Mayor Harris also commended the Cultural Goodwill Group organized by Dr. Hong for strengthening relationships among countries and cultures through cultural exchange. He proclaimed September 16, 2001 as Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy and Dr. Hong Tao Tze Day in the City and County of Honolulu.

Tai Ji Men’s leader and members consoled people’s hearts with cultural performances full of love and peace in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities. Twenty years later, Tai Ji Men members returned to Hawaii, and now the world is facing the impact of the pandemic, natural disasters and war. With the conviction that conscience is the wellspring of love, they promoted the International Day of Conscience in Honolulu and emphasized that conscience leads to good governance, and with conscience-driven politics, people will be blessed. They sang peaceful songs in various tourist attractions, hoping that global citizens will work together to overcome the pandemic with conscience.

“When we sing, we think of true love and peace for everyone,” said Tai Ji Men member Nunu Tun, adding, “We hope that everyone can return to the origin, which is a peaceful world. We are bringing the energy of love and peace to every corner of Honolulu again by singing songs like ‘Love and Peace Song,’ ‘Love of the World,’ and ‘Love.’”

“Twenty years ago, my parents were members of a cultural goodwill group that was to visit Honolulu for cultural exchange, but they couldn’t make it because of the 9/11 attacks,” recalled Alan Shih. “It’s a huge pity. I am delighted to be in Honolulu today, and I bring the best wishes of my parents and all of my Tai Ji Men brothers and sisters to this city. I pray that the world will be filled with love and peace, that everyone will act with conscience, and that every family will be happy.”

Another Tai Ji Men member Ying-fen Chang said, “We also went to Hawaii with the goal of drawing international attention to the significance of protecting religious freedom and human rights. The sacred land of Tai Ji Men was illegally auctioned and forcibly confiscated by the Taiwanese government on August 21, 2020, severely violating Tai Ji Men members’ freedom of belief and right to select their own path of self-cultivation. This has become a shocking case of human rights violations in the world.”

The ECOSOC-accredited NGO CAP-LC (Coordination des Associations et des Particuliers pour la Liberté de Conscience) submitted a written statement about the Tai Ji Men case and other unjust cases to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, indicating that in various countries, taxation has been used as a weapon to discriminate against religious and spiritual minorities.

On September 3, members of Tai Ji Men and the Action Alliance to Redress 1219 protested in front of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu, delivering a petition letter to Tseng Yong-Kwang, the Office’s director-general, asking him to send their message to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. They were received by Director Joffrey Han of the Office, on his behalf. Tai Ji Men members urged President Tsai to lead her administration to truly rectify the Tai Ji Men case, revoke the unlawful 1992 tax bill, and return the illegally confiscated land to Tai Ji Men as soon as possible. Director Han stated that he would inform the director-general of their message.

On September 4 and 5, members of Tai Ji Men and the Action Alliance to Redress 1219 continued to hold signs at various Honolulu attractions to protest the nearly quarter-century-long persecution of Tai Ji Men by a few Taiwanese rogue bureaucrats, and many Honolulu residents expressed their support for the protest and wished for a speedy resolution of the Tai Ji Men case. Tai Ji Men members sincerely hope that everyone’s conscience will be awakened, that no more cases of injustice will occur, and that the world will be filled with love and peace!

Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy: Tai Ji Men is an ancient menpai (similar to school) of qigong, martial arts, and self-cultivation. It has carried forward the wisdom of Daoist philosophy, one of the highest philosophies of humankind. It is an international nonprofit cultural organization. Its contemporary zhang-men-ren (grandmaster), Dr. Hong, Tao-Tze established the Tai Ji Men Qigong Academy in 1966, and since then it has grown to 15 academies worldwide.

Dr. Hong teaches his dizi (similar to disciples) methods to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual balance, and tens of thousands of families have benefited from his teaching. At Tai Ji Men, martial arts and wisdom have been passed down from the shifu (master) to his dizi. Through this time-honored tradition, the shifu and dizi promote the Tai Ji Men culture and martial arts around the world while embodying what is true, good, and beautiful as well as spreading the ideas of conscience, love, and peace. Over the past half-century, the shifu and dizi have self-funded trips to over 300 cities in 101 nations to conduct more than 3,000 cultural performances and exchanges and have been recognized as “International Ambassadors of Peace and Goodwill.”

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Fishermen net a 500 kg crocodile at Bagan Ajam

– A group of fishermen caught a 500 kilogrammes (kg) crocodile using just a net at the Bagan Ajam fisherman’s jetty here today.

Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) district police chief Noorzainy Mohd Noor who confirmed the catch said a group anglers who were fishing at the spot caught a glimpse of the crocodile on the water surface at 6.45 pm today.

“They immediately informed a group of fishermen who also said they briefly saw the crocodile and went to the location using a bot and managed to catch the crocodile using a net.

“After battling for about an hour they finally managed to subdue the crocodile which was then brought to the beach near a row of eateries in Kampung Contoh. The police who were also informed of the matter immediately went to the location and found that the crocodile trapped in the netting,” he said when contacted by Bernama tonight.

He said the crocodile measuring almost four metres and weighing about 500 kg was transferred to SPU Civil Defence Force office while waiting for the Wildlife Department for further action.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Document on Malaysian Family philosophy to be issued soon – Annuar

A document regarding the interpretation of the Malaysian Family philosophy will be issued by the Prime Minister’s Department and Information Department soon, Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said.

In making his first appearance on the ‘Bersama Annuar’ programme on Twitter Spaces carried out by Bernama tonight, he said the documentation was aimed at providing a greater understanding about the Malaysian Family philosophy for Malaysians.

“In general, the Malaysian Family is an approach taken by the Prime Minister to evoke the feelings of togetherness, patriotic spirit and concern among us.

“Not only (between) the government and citizens but also (between) ordinary citizens so that we can inculcate a more harmonious and better culture for our country,” he said.

He added that the Communications and Multimedia Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Department have drafted clear guidelines about the Malaysian Family philosophy last week.

While discussing the topic ‘Malaysian Family… Finding Commonalities?’, Annuar said the philosophy’s values were not that far from the five principles contained in Rukun Negara, including upholding the supremacy of the Constitution as well as courtesy and morality.

He said the philosophy was the government’s approach to form a strong united nation and Malaysians also had the shared responsibility to ensure the harmony of its multicultural society.

“Malaysians need to adopt (the philosophy of Malaysian Family) at every level and this will lead to (the formation) of national values.

“…this requires the commitment of everyone to accept (this philosophy) in a positive manner and translate it into their daily lives,” he added.

Asked about his aspirations in empowering persons with disabilities (PwD), Annuar said he is committed to focusing and prioritising the group within the context of the Malaysian Family that champions the principle of not leaving anyone behind.

Throughout the one-hour programme which began at 9 pm, Annuar interacted with Twitter followers @bernamadotcom numbering more than 950,000 followers now.

The 12-episode programme hosted by Bernama TV’s Wan Syahrina and Bernama Radio’s Hanie Hamid will be aired on Twitter Spaces weekly till December.

Next week’s topic will be ‘Survival of Artists’.

Spaces is a new feature introduced by Twitter for account users to hold audio discussions and conversations live with their followers on the platform.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Robina EcoPark closed for five days after visitors flout SOPs

— The Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) has ordered that Robina EcoPark in Telok Air Tawar be closed for five days beginning tomorrow, after visitors at the recreational park failed to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said the move to close the park until Wednesday was following police advice and to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.

“We decided to prohibit the public from visiting the park because many did not adhere to the SOPs and the crowd capacity last weekend was between 700 to 1,000 people,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) district police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said police monitoring the park yesterday found that the number of visitors was between 1,000 and 2,000 at any one time, and they were found to have violated the National Recovery Plan (PPN) Phase Two SOPs, as face masks were not worn and there was no physical distancing.

“Some of the visitors were partially vaccinated and were not adhering to the SOPs, so I informed the mayor, district office and district health officer of the matter and urged that the park be shut down temporarily.

“The move is also to avoid any negative perception among local residents and to prevent the issue from going viral on social media. Besides, the park is located in the red zone area,” he said.

In another development, Noorzainy said police detained three men and confiscated 634 packages of ketum juice, 15 kg of ketum leaves and paraphernalia to process ketum juice worth RM10,000, in a raid on a house in Kampung Manggis, here yesterday.

He said, in the 8 pm raid, the three men aged between 28 and 47 years were believed to be waiting for buyers to collect the items.

The trio, with past drug and criminal records and tested positive for drugs, have been remanded for three days to facilitate investigations under Section 30(3) of the Poisons Act 1952.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Travellers to Langkawi can reschedule flight tickets, hotel reservations

Langkawi-bound tourists who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to their departure to the resort Island are allowed to reschedule their flight tickets and accommodation reservations to another date.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said airline companies and registered accommodation operators have agreed to give their commitment on the matter.

“We have discussed the matter with airline companies and hotels so that if tourists tested positive (for COVID-19), their flight tickets and accommodation packages can be rescheduled to another date. As such, tourists will not suffer any losses,” she said when contacted via Skype in Buletin Bernama tonight.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, via a Twitter post, said four individuals tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing screenings prior to their departure to Langkawi Island today.

He said one case each was detected at the airport entryways in Penang and Subang while two others were at the Kuala Perlis ferry terminal.

Yesterday, five Langkawi-bound travellers tested positive after undergoing screenings at air and sea entryways to Langkawi Island.

Meanwhile, Nancy said the ministry would monitor tourism activities in Langkawi for two weeks before deciding to open more tourist destinations.

“We have visited other resort islands such as Tioman Island, Pangkor Island and Labuan which have achieved 80 to 100 per cent vaccination rates.

“We will seek MKN’s (National Security Council) approval to reopen these destinations after we evaluate the situation in Langkawi,” she said.

The ministry is targeting about 200,000 domestic tourists to Langkawi between this month and December following the reopening of the industry via the tourism bubble pilot project beginning yesterday.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Inclusive politics will benefit the people – Annuar

The government’s move to introduce the practice of inclusive politics with the opposition in order to find common grounds will bring more benefits to the people.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the current political landscape demanded all quarters to accept the reality of co-existence, in line with the Malaysian Family concept.

“Before this, there is a huge gap between the governing party and the opposition. We cannot sit and discuss our agendas together…everyone wants to show that they are better than the other.

“Now, we try to change (the situation) in the Malaysian Family atmosphere, we have to implement (inclusive politics) and not just rhetoric,” he said during his first appearance on the ‘Bersama Annuar’ programme on Twitter Spaces carried out by Bernama tonight.

Annuar said in celebrating the difference of opinions of all quarters, the government and the opposition must work together to avoid political situations that did not bring any good and prosperity to the country.

In contrast to the previous situation, Annuar said the country’s current political situation should move towards mature politics while prioritising results, and not merely playing sectarian, extreme and racial politics.

As such, he urged all political leaders to open their eyes and accept the reality to practice politics with family characteristics, despite having different views on certain matters.

Asked about the implementation of Undi 18, Annuar expressed confidence that it could be implemented in the next general election, thus giving the youth the opportunity to get involved in national affairs as voters and elected representatives.

“If previously, we consider those below the age of 21 as teenagers, now we find that the maturity of the people is much different. The people are very knowledgeable, have exposure to national matters and in fact, the age of 18 is suitable to get involved in leadership,” he said.

Throughout the one-hour programme which began at 9 pm, Annuar interacted with the followers of Bernama’s Twitter account @bernamadotcom, numbering more than 950,000 followers now.

The 12-episode programme hosted by Bernama TV’s Wan Syahrina and Bernama Radio’s Hanie Hamid will be aired on Twitter Spaces weekly till December.

Next week’s topic will be ‘Survival of Artists’.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

People tend to accept information without checking when emotionally unstable – MyCheck Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — People have the tendency to accept certain facts without checking the authenticity of the information when they are feeling very happy, really depressed or have so much anger, said MyCheck Malaysia lead Ali Imran Mohd Noordin.

According to Ali Imran a person needs to control his or her emotions when receiving an information to avoid being manipulated by any party or from spreading misinformation inadvertently.

“Usually people with malicious intent to spread ‘fake news’ will play with your emotions, so be careful when you are exhilarated, very down or feeling bitter over the message you have received.

Check the information through the proper channels first,” he said when he was guest on Special Net organised by the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmission Society (MARTS) here, recently.

The event held in conjunction with International Democracy Day and Malaysia Day celebration, was participated by amateur radio users from Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and India.

Ali Imran said to verify certain facts, identify the actual source of the information or refer the matter to those with expertise in that particular field.

In reply to listeners who asked how fact checking may promote democracy, Ali Imran said members of the public would be able to avoid being consumed by the game of perception and sentiment played by some quarters.

“They often play with religious, racial and economic strata sentiments. As such, we need to first tackle anything that causes fear and anxiety in the community (give an accurate explanation to them),” he said.

On ‘social media journalists’, Ali Imran said the public should be educated on ethics of using the internet and sharing of information.

“In Malaysia, to educate children and raise public awareness on internet ethics rules we have Klik Dengan Bijak (Click Wisely) website, an initiative by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC),” he said.

MyCheck Malaysia, a fact-checking initiative started by the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), focuses on issues that have an impact on people’s livelihood, especially those living in Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency