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Penang Branch

◎ History

In 1989, Sister Ye Ci Qing, a Commissioner of Tzu Chi Taiwan, was transferred by her employer to work in Penang. With "Buddha's Heart and Master's Mission" in mind, she went to the local Buddhist temples to spread the philosophy of Tzu Chi. Later, on her bi-monthly trip to Taiwan, she would never fail to bring back literature on Tzu Chi as part of her efforts in promoting Tzu Chi's missions. In fact, promotion of Tzu Chi has become her way of life then.

In addition to promoting Tzu Chi within her work environment, Sister Ci Qing also enlisted the participation of other Buddhist friends. As a result, many locals responded to her calls to join as Tzu Chi volunteers.

In 1993, Brother Guo Ji Hang, CEO of Penang Branch, went to Tzu Chi Headquarters at Hualien, Taiwan, to receive a portrait of Quan Yin Bodhisattva from Master Cheng Yen. He was also advised to bring the spirit of great mercy of "The Thousand Hands Quan Yin Bodhisattva" to Malaysia and spread the spirit of Tzu Chi in the purification of human mind. On 24 June 1993, Tzu Chi Malaysia Liaison Office was officially set up in Penang.

Under the good leadership of the Penang Branch, a network of Tzu Chi Branches/Liaison Offices were subsequently set up in Kedah, Kelantan, Johor Bharu, Jitra, Butterworth, Bukit Mertajam, Ipoh, Parit Puntar, Kroh, Taiping, Sungai Petani, and Batu Pahat, thus covering the whole of Malaysia from North to South.