It’s hard not to notice Prof Joe Choo as she radiates beauty and positive energy from the inside and outside. Currently the president of Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Science (MINGS), Prof Choo is very much sought after for her fengshui expertise. As such, she has become a regular fixture on Malaysian TV stations as well as within the speakers’ circuit. She counts corporate big wigs such as Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Universal Music and Singapore-listed developer CDL Development as among her clients. Always travelling, we finally managed to snag ten minutes of her time to get her fengshui take on Puchong.
Give us the lowdowns on the fengshui in Puchong – the good and the bad.
Puchong was a tin mining area with a range of mountains just opposite a mall which is now divided by a main road. The mining area is opposite IOI Boulevard Puchong where there another mall is located at. From here, you can see quite a distinctive vibrancy between these two areas. The mall opposite IOI Boulevard Puchong side is not good as it has loosened the earth energy. As such, it becomes very hard to do business there and it is not doing as well as IOI Boulevard Puchong.Most of the shops are facing the mountain while the back has a lake. In fengshui, if you want to tap the earth energy, the back must be higher than the front. The building must also be facing water features such as rivers and lakes. The mall opposite IOI Boulevard Puchong is against this fengshui principle which makes it challenging for businesses.
In comparison, when you look at IOI Boulevard Puchong, it is always so jam packed. This is because all the shops are supported by the high mountains at the back. Although IOI Boulevard Puchong cannot see the lakes as they are blocked by the mall, the energy of the water feature is still working around it. These are the good and the bad.
If you were to go further down to the border of Puchong and Subang, you will notice that there are a lot of factories. These areas are better than the IOI Mall Puchong side because the mountain is quite far away from them with no lakes at the back. This explains why the area is thriving with a lot of factories.
Puchong has evolved over the years from a kampung area to a vibrant township. Could you give us why this is so from a fengshui perspective?
This has got to do with the range of mountains in the Klang Valley and the KL City Centre as they are the nearest to the ones in Titiwangsa. This has explained why they are always doing well and developing rapidly. In comparison, the other areas such as Bukit Jalil and Subang takes a while to develop.
There are many water bodies and lakes in Puchong. How does this affect the area?
I have explained this extensively in the first question.
Puchong is also home to a lot of local and foreign banks as well as, malls and office towers in Puchong. What is it about Puchong that has become a magnet for businesses?
This has got to do with the location and the fengshui principle that I had explained earlier. Somehow, if you were to observe closely, the banks all end up on the opposite side as they may have done their research or are attracted to the vibrancy of the area.
In your opinion, will the Ampang LRT Extension Line have an impact from a fengshui angle?
There is quite a significant impact. The energy that is going to the area from the line will not be positive. When we talk about railway tracks it will create negative energy as it moves very fast resulting in energy to be pulled along with the train. As such, if your house and offices are located near the train tracks, chances are buildings that are located along these tracks will turn into slumps. In fengshui, you want the energy of the house to be contained and not be pulled out. However, the effect can be very bad since the train is always moving. If your home is facing an underground track, this is still ok. However, anything above the ground must be avoided.
Puchong has a significant Gen Y population who have chosen to call it home. How does such young energy affect Puchong?
It creates a new and vibrant energy which explains why it attracts the young as well as the young-at-heart.
Would you consider living in Puchong? Why?
Not at the moment as I don’t have families and friends staying there. On top of that, I will have to pay for the toll and deal with traffic congestions.
What are some of the things business owners and residents in Puchong can do to mitigate their risks should there be any bad fengshui?
The onus will always fall back on the developer. A good developer would have done their research and build their projects on the other side of the road to fully harvest the benefit of the earth energy.
However, being business-centric, a lot of them would want to maximise their profits leading to homes and buildings to be constructed on both sides of the road. As a result, one side has good fengshui while the other side suffers. If you are facing the bad side, you must look at your gua number to find the house with the right door facing.
Floods have become common place in Puchong leading to traffic jams. Is there a fengshui remedy for this?
This is something that has got to do with the natural drainage system. Before Puchong was developed, there were many trees and a meandering stream that helped to divert water from the mountain to the sea. However, due to too many developments, most developers have resorted to unsustainable and irresponsible development methods, resulting in many trees being cut down while the streams have been constructed into straight canals.
The lack of meandering rivers and streams have resulted in the current flooding situation that you see right now. Likewise, KL is always flooded for the very same reasons. A responsible developer would have followed the contour of the river and build with much respect to nature. This was something the local Malay villagers were very mindful of when Puchong was still a kampung area.
Complete this sentence: When I think of Puchong, I think of…
Young family working very hard to create a happy life!
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