A famous Malaysian Chinese astrology master, who previously correctly predicted the 9/11 attacks and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, has foreseen very bad luck for Malaysia in 2014, as well as severe natural disasters and "human hazards" for the rest of the world.
Master Thean Y Nang is a Buddhist Feng Shui master and Chinese astrologer. His 2014 forecast book states that Malaysia's national luck this year "oscillates between negative and extremely bad, with many obstacles in its path", due to a very inauspicious star called "San Bi" (or Three Jade), which represents enormous loss of wealth and loss of human life.
The book was published before 31 January, which is the date that the Lunar New Year officially started this year.
Chinese astrology forecast books
Chinese astrology is an ancient system dating back to 2<sup>nd Century BC, where fate and destiny is computed by calculating the position of major planets, together with an individual's birthday, birth hour and birth season.
Once a year before Chinese New Year, popular astrologers from South East Asian countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia publish a book of predictions for each of the 12 animal zodiac signs, covering career, romance, health, wealth and luck.
At the same time, the astrologers also set out general predictions and events affecting the world or particular countries as well.
Many Chinese people like to consult these books when preparing to enter a new year, as the astrologers go into great detail and include graphs marking high and low points in the year for the individual to take note of, with warnings to proceed with caution.
Conflict after conflict
"In dealing with matters of national importance, Malaysia will easily meet with huge obstacles and nothing will go smoothly," writes Thean.
"It will be very difficult to conduct any operation and very difficult to progress in any matter. Whether it is domestic political issues or international relations, Malaysia will face conflict after conflict, storm after storm, danger after danger."
So far this year, Malaysia has had to endure the crisis of Malaysia Airlines MH370, which disappeared on 8 March, less than an hour after take-off. Not only has the plane still not been found, but the search for the plane has been the most expensive in history and led to significant criticism of the Malaysian government in its handling of the crisis.
To make matters worse, yesterday another Malaysia Airlines plane, MH17, was shot down by a missile in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew.
Thean also warns that Malaysians must be prepared for "financial crisis that may crop up in July, August, September and November". However, after October the country's economy will improve, provided nothing bad happens in dominant developed countries to affect the global economy.
In 2014 on the whole, all countries in the world including Malaysia need to beware of the "fire element" and "fire-related catastrophes", since 2014 is the year of the wood horse.
Financial crisis, natural disasters and human hazards
"This will be the toughest year for all of us as calamities like pestilence, global water-related disaster, viruses, terror attacks, riot and war are likely to happen unpredictably. To ensure peace and safety of your own, you are advised to pray to god regularly and do more good deeds," writes Thean.
Thean also warns people to take care of their lungs, throat and nose against "heat toxicity" and to pay attention to any disasters related to water, from environmental disasters to tsunamis, as well as earth disasters caused by fire like earthquakes, mud slides, crop failure and famine.
When it comes to the global economy, the astrologer warns investors that they will experience "huge losses" on the stock market from June to September, and there will also be an impact on the property markets.
"The Earth Stem of the year will be in the 'Four Failures' place. Every government of different countries is prone to making poor judgement, which may lead to economic issues, political disturbances or an unwanted war," Thean warns.
"This is not a good year to make important decisions or carry out big events. If possible, you are advised to avoid taking investments in new ventures or entrepreneurship."
There is one bright spot, however – products and "exquisite appliances" (we assume he means things like smartphones and wearable tech) will be in high demand this year.