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TZU CHI MALAYSIA

Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Branch)

◎ History

Kuala Lumpur Branch

In 1995, Sister Echo Chien led by example and encouraged the brothers and sisters from KL Branch to be more involved in Tzu Chi work. In June 1995, the KL Committee Members started visiting the home for mentally retarded children in Kuala Kubu Baru on a fortnightly basis. This was followed by the monthly visit to Sg Buluh home for the lepers. The said activities have continued till this day, and the ever increasing number of long term poor family cases has become KL Tzu Chi's foundation.

In June 1996, Brother David Liu generously donated his 3,700 sq ft apartment to Tzu Chi, turning it into a place where the KL members would meet and conduct their activities. On 20 October 1996, and with the blessings from Master Cheng Yen, the new KL Centre was officially launched and opened by Master Bo-Yuan, Master Guo-Neng and Master Chang-Chao, marking yet another important milestone in the history of Tzu Chi KL.

KL Tzu Chi expanded very quickly within a short span of time. With the effort of the Committee Members and a new Centre, many activities were held concurrently with the Melaka Branch. As these two branches share a lot in common, the Melaka sector was made a Branch on 21 May 1997, while KL was upgraded to a sub-branch.

On 1 February 2006, KL sub-branch was upgraded to branch, making it the Centre for coordinating activities in central Malaysia, which covers Klang, Kuantan, Raub, etc as well as East Malaysia. With its expansion over the years, the old KL Centre needed more space to cater to its ever increasing activities. In 2014, KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, which comprises Dharma Lecture Hall, administrative office, Daai Kindergarten, Jing-Si Books & Cafe, Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre and other facilities, was completed.