MALACCA - He is an educated and successful businessman with a good command of English. At the same time, he is also a figure who is a far cry from the usual Taoist mediums.
Most of the time, Desmond Ee from Taman Merdeka here is busy managing his health labs located in Kuala Lumpur, Seremban and in this historic city.
But whenever devotees need his help, he will rush back to Seng Koon Taoist Temple to provide medium service.
Prior to 2004, Ee would spite the mention of mediums as for him, most were only out to fleece people by taking advantage of those with problems.
But what really encouraged the 46-year-old to be one himself is the fulfilment of going into a trance to render help to those with ailments and get rid of black magic.
"It is divine intervention and a calling for me.
"Those who come to see a medium are people with problems and it is unfair to charge them a fee," he told The Star.
The father of a 14-year-old daughter and six-year-old son felt that a genuine medium would only be interested in solving problems and not money.
He said the temple's main deity Zhang Fei was a respectable warrior with discipline, nobility, bravery and loyalty.
"Those who worship him should not deceive or lie," he said. "There is no place for our temple's committee members to be lackadaisical in their duties or attempt to solicit money from devotees."
"If they do, they will be dealt with severely when I go into a trance," he added.
Ee also provides spiritual service to devotees from faraway like the United States and Australia.
When in a trance, he communicates with devotees in various dialects.
Like Ee, the temple's committee members are professionals and businessmen who are mainly English-educated.
He said the members should fulfil their filial duties accordingly and should not be involved in vice activities.
Apart from normal prayers, the temple organises religious classes and charity campaigns.
The temple will hold its annual dinner on Aug 10 at YPL Restaurant in Malim where part of its proceeds will be used to help needy pupils.