The Star, 14 Dec 2012
PETALING JAYA: Some people are getting anxious as the days draw near to the apocalyptic prophecy for Dec 21 but an expert has dismissed it as a hoax.
Feng shui master and founder of the Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences Prof Master David Koh said people shouldn’t put their money on the world ending a week from today, as some have misinterpreted the ancient Mayan calendar.
“When the Mayans printed the calendar, Dec 21, 2012 was the end of one calendar cycle,” he said.
“So, surely a new cycle will have to begin.”
He gave an assurance that all the studies conducted by leading scientific authorities had shown no indication that the world would undergo any massive changes overnight.
“We don’t see natural catastrophes that will severely wipe out the entire human population in the next few years,” said Koh.
“Even if there is a massive volcanic eruption, or even a nuclear war, it is not doomsday.”
Koh dismissed the Dec 21 myth as a hoax made popular by the Hollywood film 2012, which revolves around the apocalyptic belief.
It was also reported that Pope Benedict XVI had rubbished claims that the world would end next week.
Although the world was unlikely to end, a Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia climatologist, Prof Datuk Dr Shaharuddin Ahmad, said signs were already there that the world was changing for the worse.
“It doesn’t have to be Dec 21, but there are already so many signs of doomsday.
“Climate change is happening rapidly and the world is getting hotter and hotter,” he pointed out.
“If nothing is done to stop this, the weather will become too hot for crops, water resources will dry up and there will be droughts everywhere.”
Prof Shaharuddin said heat stored in the oceans was released during winter to cause low pressure in the atmosphere, resulting in more typhoons and cyclones.
“If big industrial countries don’t cut their carbon emissions, then climate change will happen a lot faster than we expect.”