SATURDAY January 13 2001
When Lillian Too talks about the esoteric art of feng shui, even the most hardened and cynical businessman sits up and listens.
After all, this feng shui master was the first Malaysian woman to run a public listed company, then went to Hong Kong to run Dao Heng Bank - the territory's sixth largest bank - and then took over the Dragon Seed Deparment Store.
If Too insists her stellar career and abundant good luck are due to feng shui, who dares say nay?
Her 45 books have sold nearly four million copies and been translated into 23 languages.
Why and how can wearing rings studded with semi-precious stones lure in luck? Shouldn't plain hard work, education, long hours and talent be part of the equation?
"One third of your life is pre-destines by Heaven and this is Heaven Luck. There is almost nothing you can do what Heaven has already apportioned you.
"Then there is Human luck. This constitutes one third of your overall luck and you determine the outcome.
"If you cheat, steal, gamble or get involved in shady, dangerous deals, then obviously you shouldn't be surprised to get arrested by police or come to a bad end.
"Finally there is Earth Luck which involves feng shui. As feng shui can be manipulated and controlled, a person can also enhance his feng shui for maximum impact!
In conjunction with OE Fine Jewellery, Too has conceptualized and designed seven new rings using amethyst, citrine, onyx, blue topaz and ruby.
Like her first collection using diamonds, the rings feature auspicious symbols like dragon, good fortune coins, arowana fish and the phoenix."
Lillian Too's "Colours of Feng Shui" are available in Lot 10 (03-2411688), the KL Craft Complex (03-21613323), Island Peninsula Penang (04-8999880), the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone 3 in Penang (04-6415707) and Plaza Mahkota Malacca (06-2921818).
It can also be purchased via www.oewebstore.com.my.