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CNY Tales: The Proxy war

January 30, 2009

Source: Kidzworld

One of the things I enjoy about reunion dinners is the stories that come out during the drinking session and especially during the friendly “sports” session. Betting money on cards and mahjong is a sport, right? 🙂 So this one sounded like it came right out of a Canto drama.

Like many Straits Chinese, an uncle of mine has a distant relative in Medan whom I’ll call Uncle Lim. I’ve never met him but Uncle Lim has a son who studies in the USA. Uncle Lim owns a business that imports industrial paint.

Uncle Lim has a keen rival, Uncle Joshua, who is also his cousin and who also had a son studying in the US. In between their competitive activities, they would cross paths at family gatherings like weddings and funerals where they would exchange feigned pleasantries.

So during one particular wedding dinner, they were seated at the same table. Making small talk, Uncle Lim asked Uncle Joshua how was his son.

He’s doing very well, Uncle Joshua said. In fact, I hear he had just taken delivery of his new car, a BMW sports coupe, he quipped.

So what does your son drive? Uncle Joshua asked Uncle Lim.

By that time, although people at the table were making small talk with each other, all ears were tuned on this little conversation between the two well-known rivals.

Oh, Uncle Lim said, my son? He told me something about his new Mercedes Benz CLS arriving in a couple of weeks. I thought it was a waste of money but by the time I knew about it, he had already paid the deposit and can’t cancel, Uncle Lim said in a voice just loud enough to be heard by everyone at the table.

A minute later, Uncle Lim excused himself to go to the gents. There, he took out his cellphone, called up his still-sleeping son and said, “Son, I want you to get rid of your Honda and go buy a Merc CLS. Sms me how much it’ll cost and I’ll wire you the money tomorrow.”


So, if anyone wants me to fight a proxy war, I am available. 😀

3 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    January 30, 2009 9:51 am

    Fight someone’s proxy war? Hmm… I’d run a mile first. It doesn’t come free in the end. Better stick with the Honda until you can afford the Merc CLS with your own money.

    About ‘sports’ sessions, I simply have no interest, so I normally provide some side ‘entertainment’ with my unpolished crooning and have some quiet conversations with old Johnny Walker or Jack Daniel during intervals.

    Where there’s wealthy families, there’s always proxy wars. As if all that money isn’t enough.

  2. February 2, 2009 12:24 am

    Tell those uncles this real-life story. My friend’s father’s friend (complicated eh?) is a super rich guy..who likes to show off so he bought a Mazda RX8 for his 17 years old son who has just obtained his driving license.

    The car was robbed within 7 days. 😛

    Ouch. 🙂

  3. LC Teh permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:16 am

    All that money’s never enough. All that and PRIDE too. That’s where the fall comes after. For some people so much importance is placed on money it flows in their veins. That reminds me of one guy who couldn’t die. He simply refused to leave his money behind. There’s Hokkien saying, ‘po taio see’ (die hugging the money)… Hahaha.

    Perhaps that’s why the millionaire wearing shorts and a humble t-shirt seem to look happier than the one that’s constantly craving for attention.

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