By Sherry Koh | Jan 10, 2011
According to Prof Joe Choo, Feng Shui that is based on I-Ching (Book of Changes) explores the sources of cosmic, earthly and human energies. Cosmic energy refers to the planets which is something that we have to live with or accept; Earth energy refers to the land, of which we can choose where we reside; and lastly, Human energy refers to each individual’s Qua number.
There are many factors determining the success of a particular area or property from an environology (Feng Shui) perspective. Before delving into the 10 nodes along the Klang and Gombak rivers that have been selected to be redeveloped and beautified under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), here are a few generic rules-of-thumb which will allow for greater understanding of Choo’s thoughts on the 10 spots.
1. Favourable, if a mountain is located at the back of your property or if the property is on high land with a river at the front or is at the concave.
2. Unfavourable if the front is high, back is low – nothing will be good.
3. It would be better for your property to face where the river is flowing.
If the river flows to the right, and the door of your house faces the flow of the river, then it is not favourable. However, if the door faces the same direction as the flow of the river, then it is good.
4. If it is a hilly place with a road in the middle (valley), one side of the property will benefits, while the other will not. In the simple illustration below, properties facing the road on the left (high) will be better off than the one of the right.
5. Avoid T-junctions or cross-junctions.
6. Avoid dead-end or cul-de-sac.
7. Avoid properties that sit on top of a mountain, because the property is contributing energy instead of tapping into the earth’s energy.
8. Avoid properties near monorail. It sucks in energy when it arrives and dispels when it leaves.
Top 10 hot spots to be developed in the Klang Valley
10 spots have been identified, as in Chapter 5 of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). Excerpts on ‘Revitalising the Klang River into a Heritage and Commercial Centre for Greater KL/KV’.
The Klang riverfront is perhaps Greater KL/KV’s most under-utilised natural asset. Revitalising the river involves redevelopment of several locations along a 10-kilometre stretch of river, along with a thorough river cleanup programme. Ten nodes of economic activity have been identified along the Klang and Gombak Rivers. For each of the nodes, in addition to beautifying the river bank and improving connectivity, mixed use developments will be encouraged to increase retailing, residential options and places of leisure such as parks and green spaces.
Choo’s point of view, from a Feng Shui perspective
“Good location, at the confluence of the two rivers but the door is facing the wrong side. If (the place is to be) revamped, (the door) should face the confluence.”
2. Tiong Nam
“One side faces the river, which is good, and the back also faces the river, which is bad. If revamped, make sure that all the rows face the river. Otherwise, there might be a slump. For example, drug addicts or illegal businesses might gather there.”
3. City Hall
“The back is facing the river, which is against Feng Shui principles. Years ago, the city hall was sued because of bad maintenance of flats.”
4. Masjid Jamek – Jalan Melayu
“Good, because it is facing the confluence of the two rivers. For example, the old national mosque.”
5. Dataran Square
“The back faces the river (which is not good).”
6. Kampung Baru
“It is a vibrant place, and the owners of the property there are all very “together”. It is the only piece of land in KL that is left untouched.”
7. Jalan Ampang
“Ampang is a very hilly place with a river. These two will bring up the place but properties must face the river and the back should be high (mountain).”
8. Central Market – Klang Bus Station
“The LRT is the culprit. It is pulling energy and affects dwellers of Klang Bus Station. It should be either relocated or rebuilt or it will become a white elephant. Central Market’s back faces the river (not good). If a shop in central market faces the river, it might be saved but it would be out over a period of time.”
9. Little India
“The area can’t be removed or rebuilt, hence it is hard to bring it up. Business is good, but it would be hard to revamp the place.”
10. Brickfields Government Quarters
“Can’t bring up this place. For KL Sentral, it is hard to cultivate the (positive) energy. The energy disperses, moving energy out of the building.”