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The Invisible Helper- The Story of the Lodge at Moulmein Rise

The Invisible Helper- The Story of the Lodge at Moulmein Rise

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Published by: bde_gnas on May 14, 2013
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The Invisible Helper: The Story of the Lodge atMoulmein Rise
By Lily Chong
In the 1970s, the Singapore Lodge was located at No. 8 Cairnhill Road—until thegovernment decided to repossess the buildings for redevelopment. After a longsearch for alternative accommodations, we found a suitable house in MoulmeinRise. The purchase price was far more than what the Society had in the kitty atthat time; we had been paid some $15,000 as compensation by the government,but that still left a deficit of more than $90,000. Brother Oon Kok Chat, whoheaded up the fund-raising committee, pledged two months of his salary andinvited other members to follow suit. Donations of varying amounts soon beganto arrive. These positive developments were offset when the seller of theMoulmein Rise property tried to back out of the deal after receiving the optionmoney. He thought that property values would rise and wanted to hold out for abetter offer. A threat to sue him quickly settled that matter, but the question of theremaining deficit loomed ominously over the future of the Lodge. How could weever raise enough money? Little did we know that the guardians of the SingaporeLodge were preparing the stage for a drama that would unfold.On a fateful day around Chinese New Year, Mr. Edwin De Souza, then presidentof the Lodge, received an anonymous phone call from Kuala Lumpur. Themystery man on the line inquired about the Society and suggested a meetingwith the officials of the Lodge. An appointment for afternoon tea was arranged atthe Mandarin Hotel. Brother K. C. Oon, Justice Ambrose, and the president metthe stranger, who said that he was a Rosicrucian and had been receiving lessonsduring his meditation sessions from a kindly gentleman with a white beard. Hehad been instructed by this mysterious incorporeal teacher to contact our Societyto see if he could help in any way.Although he requested anonymity, the stranger divulged that he was in fact aSingaporean and the owner and managing director of Ka Wah Bank in HongKong. He was brought up to speed about the circumstances surrounding therelocation of the Lodge and that we had in fact paid the deposit but weredesperately short the $75,000 needed to complete the purchase and make minor

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