The King of Canton Pop
Hoi San spoke in fluent Cantonese. Raised in a family which the father had four wives, Hoi San grew up with 19 or 20 siblings in Pudu. Known as the half jungle by the Chinese, Pudu was notorious in 1970s as a ‘black area’ for crimes.
“Living in such an environment, you got to have background. If you were unprotected, you could get beaten up anytime without knowing why,” Hoi San said.
Hoi San joined the underworld so that no one could lay a finger on him. Yet, in a gangster feud, he was brutally slashed at the hand, losing half of his right index finger. Gangsterism also introduced him to all types of vices: theft, robbery and drug addiction.
“It all started when I was young. I thought smoking was cool,” he said smiling. “Later, out of curiosity, I played drugs, but at the end they played me out.”
He spent 8 years in Kajang jail for multiple charges involving robbery, theft and drugs possessions. A few police officers came to his house one day and nabbed him after receiving tip-off from family members who couldn’t tolerate his addictive behavior. Hoi San’s addiction also cost him his relationship with his girlfriend. He was a singer then, singing in pubs and nightclubs.
“She knew I was an addict. But she thought her love could change me. We had a daughter. One day, my girlfriend realized that she could not change me anymore. She left me and took our daughter with her too,” he said.
After being released from prison, Hoi San wanted to kick the habit. He sought help from Christian Rehab Centers.
“I was still young and immature then. After I completed a rehab program, not for long, I went back to the old ways again. So, I ended up moving from one centre to another for about 10 times!” he said with a hearty laugh.
Then, with the recommendation from a Malaysian Care worker, Hoi San came to Kenosis Home. But things went well this time for him. With counseling and mentoring , Hoi San began to have a sense of purpose in his life.
Hoi San has an ambition. “I want to sing for the Lord. Music ministry may be something that I can work on after I graduate from Bible school,” he said enthusiastically.
Two things we can thank God for – First, God has given Hoi San a great voice and secondly, He has spared Hoi San’s left index finger so that he can still play the guitar and sing today.
~Hoi San (2005) ~
(Hoi San who has completed his studies with the Bible College of Malaysia is now serving as a singing evangelist. His recovery story of hope has now given him a renewed relationship with family and a new found purpose & life in Christ.)
从监狱释放出来后，海山决定戒除毒瘾。他寻求福音戒毒所的帮助。 “当时，我还年轻及思想不成熟。完成戒毒疗程后，没多久，我又重蹈覆辙了。因此，我辗转转移了差不多十间戒毒所！” 他爽朗的大笑说。
之后，在Malaysian Care员工的推荐下，海山来到虚己之家，这次，戒毒疗程一切都很顺利，在 Bob Leong 的辅导及指导下，海山开始了解活着的目的。