Around the bend of Boon Teck Road, we saw a water kiosk which dispenses water and tea to any thirsty passer-by. There were two containers at the water kiosk: one is filled with water whilst the other is filled with Su Teh ("tea" in Teochew dialect).
|The two pots that dispenses water and tea|
Although residents and patrons of Boon Teck Road today could easily and conveniently afford potable water, Thong Teck Sian Tong Lian Sia Temple preserved the tradition and still continues to provide clean water and tea as it had in the past.
An act as generous as such reminds us of our country's humble past and highlights the nobleness of charity and helping the poor. This epitomises the conventional Chinese wisdoms that one should return unto the society what one has received from the society (取之社会，用之社会); and that one should, whilst drinking, always remember the source of the water (饮水思源).
Carrying the charity spirit forward