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Valathamonie (2nd left) smiled broadly and was happy to show Dr Ng Guat Kiat (3rd right) and all present the result of her efforts in rehabilitation. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

It is not uncommon to hear doctors blaming their patients for not adhering to what they are told to do, like carrying out rehab routines, and taking medication regularly at the correct doses. However, the reason for patients not doing what they are told to do is often unheard. In order to maintain a closer doctor-patient relationship and provide the assistance needed, medical doctors must take the initiative to find out the patients’ difficulties.

Volunteers from Kuala Lumpur were invited to participate in the counselling service to the inmates of Simpang Renggam Prison. The Prison-Officer-in-charge, Saravanan (middle), complimented their selfless service and inspiring sharing. [Photograph provided by Simpang Renggam prison authority]

In order for the inmates to benefit from Tzu Chi volunteers’ personal stories of transformation, and for volunteers to have a chance to serve the inmates, volunteer Ong Seng Yeow from Kluang arranged for a sharing by volunteers from Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group in the prison. After more than a month of planning and seeking approval from the prison authority, the day had arrived.

Noor Falemah attended Sufi’s funeral with volunteers by her side. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

Parents of Muhammad Sufi were so happy when Sufi’s operation was successful. It rekindled his father’s hope to live in this foreign land. He also told his son to join Tzu Chi volunteers in carrying out kind deeds when he grows up. Sadly, the boy passed away one month post-surgery due to bacterial infection.

The volunteers bowed 90 degrees and with both hands, presented the relief cash and eco- blankets to the fire victims. [Photograph by Teh Yuan Ying]

On March 14, 2017, a fire razed through 42 wooden houses at Kampung Muhibbah, Kota Kinabalu. On March 17, Tzu Chi volunteers from Kota Kinabalu went to Dewan Serbaguna Likas and distributed relief cash and eco-blankets to 278 affected families.

The adjustable bed made it easy for Batriyah, the stroke patient, to sit up more easily, with the help of her husband, Abdul Karim (left). [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

Tzu Chi volunteers presented an adjustable bed to Abdul Karim at his home. It was the most valuable gift he had waited for 12 years.

On the wall of Thiew Chai Wan’s house, was a stack of receipts for donations from his lifetime’s savings and bamboo bank savings, to help others through Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Thiew Chai Wan, an elderly with a positive outlook and has been leading a simple and frugal life, made a significant decision at his old age. For an old folk who did not receive much education, he has, nevertheless, his own interpretation of the meaning of life.

Ah Lay Leme and Ruth Zanja from Myanmar, at the belated “one month old” birthday celebration for their twin babies. [Photograph by Hoh Wai Poh]

Twins, Great Love and Gratitude, had been separated by circumstances for three months since they were born. They were finally reunited after much effort. Tzu Chi volunteers and church members held a belated full moon celebration for their reunion.

Ong Cheen Leen, the third daughter of the demised, shared with Tzu Chi volunteers on her father’s story about body donation. [Photograph by Low Siew Lian]

Traditionally, when a person dies, his body is either buried or cremated. But a more meaningful way is to donate and preserve the body intact, for the purpose of medical research. Ong Hock Seng, aged 70-plus, from Melaka, did just that. His unselfish choice won him respect and was duly accepted by his family.

Volunteers from Bacang mindfully arranged for a Lunar New Year celebration at the Warm Homes Care Centre, with a volunteer dressed as “God of Prosperity” to send blessings to everyone there. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

Tam Lye Kuan, the hostess, was busily serving the guests at the Chinese New Year get-together, while Cheah Cheh clapped along to the rhythm of the songs… The unprecedented lively atmosphere at Lye Kuan’s home, and the volunteers’ thoughtfully prepared programmes, brought cheers to the lonely elderly.

The “Out-of-Tune Band” formed by Tzu Chi staff, volunteers and students from Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre visited care recipient, Loh Mee Ping (centre) on the ninth day of Chinese New Year and brought her cheers through singing. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

On February 5, 2017 (the ninth day of Chinese New Year), a team of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s staff and volunteers formed a 7-member band with guitars and ukuleles, to bring CNY cheers to elderly Tzu Chi care recipients through their singing.

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