The construction of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference Headquarters (SCAC Headquarters) in Sibu, is near completion, about 90% of the job is done and most probably, the building will be fully completed at the end of this year 2019.
The construction kicked off in April 2018 and thus most possibly completed ahead of the estimated time, June 2020.
The initial plan of SCAC Headquarters was to build an eight-storey building but was given the approval for only six stories. At the beginning of this year, there were some changes in the government policy and the building could be raised by one third higher. Thus SCAC sent in application to raise the building to eight stories again. SCAC is still waiting for the approval.
During the topping out ceremony held in the morning of 22 May 2019, SCAC President Rev Tie King Tai pointed out in his message entitled “The wisdom on the Roof-top” that, SCAC Headquarters was not to glorify man but God. We were to spread the name of our Lord, not to build a Tower of Babel to spread our name. We didn’t want to be a fool on the roof top, but wise people who devotedly follow Jesus Christ all our life.
He continued by saying that often times, when a person stood on a roof-top, he would regard himself as proud as a peacock, just as what was recorded in Genesis 11, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”
Rev Tie said, in order to spread one’s own name, people built heaven-high tower. People loved to exalt oneself, loved pride, especially through building sky-high buildings. The whole world had been competing to build the tallest majestic building.
“Twenty years ago, Malaysia built one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Twin Tower. I was deeply concerned when we Malaysian proclaimed ‘Malaysia Boleh’ (Malaysia Can) as we were becoming arrogant. Not long after the proud proclamation, we came to realize that we were not “Boleh”. Haze came and the economy went down the drain; virus attacked us and we were helpless. We became so vulnerable, though we often shouted “Malaysia Can” but in reality we “can’t”. We could not achieve what we thought we could!
Rev Tie thus reminded us that though people loved to proclaim one’s fame through tall buildings, Proverb 8:2 gave a wise Roof-top admonishment: “At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand”. Wisdom is personified here and this wisdom is Jesus Christ. He, at the roof–top, told people to be a wise person, not a fool.
“Usually, we walk with our heads bowed; we only see what man has made. When we stand on high, we will see God’s creation in nature, and we will learn to revere Him and praise His greatness.”
Rev Tie stressed that our God is a mighty God yet He came in humility as a man, as Emmanuel, “being with us”. God has not only shown us His greatness, but also His modesty to be like one of us in order to save us.
Reported by April
Translated by Christina