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On January 3, 2015, volunteers loaded cleaning paraphernalia for transportation from KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall to Temerloh. [Photograph by Woo Yoke Bee]

Eight Malaysian states have been seriously affected by a major flood. Although floodwaters have receded in some places, mud and debris are everywhere. Master Cheng Yen suggested that the Malaysian volunteers carry out a cash-for-work programme to help the victims clean up their homes. This programme, involving more than a thousand people, is most practical for the affected areas in Temerloh, Pahang, which are closely located.

The victims showed their gratitude when volunteers distributed the material aid and cash relief with both hands. [Photograph by Oh Bee Choo]

The number of flood victims in Malaysia had risen to above 220,000; and Maran was one of the worst hit areas. On December 27, Sio Kee Hong, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, and Low Guan Huatt, Deputy Director of Tzu Chi Klang, and two volunteers departed for Kuantan Liaison Office to discuss relief efforts for Maran. They only arrived at midnight December 28 as they had to take a longer route due to the flood.

 

Three sessions of cash relief and material distribution that were held in a day, at Kg Baru Gua Musang, Kg Pulai and SMK Tengku Indra Petra 2, had benefitted 700 families. [Photograph by Gan Chian Nee]

Gua Musang in Kelantan faced the worst flooding in decades since December 21, with floodwaters rising close to 3m. When the floodwaters subsided, Tzu Chi volunteers immediately set out to survey the disaster area and conduct aid distribution, hoping to relieve the flood victims.

Jing-Si Instant Rice was packed and sent from all Jing-Si Books & Cafe in Klang Valley to KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Lim Yen Kuan]

Eight Malaysian States suffered severe flooding due to the incessant rain in December. Tzu Chi volunteers provided relief efforts in Gua Musang (Kelantan), and Kuala Lipis and Temerloh (Pahang). On December 26, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor established a command centre and mobilized volunteers to register the aid recipients in the affected areas. The first aid distribution was held on December 28.

On November 1 & 2, 2014, Tzu Chi Klang held 11 sessions of Tzu Chi Study Grant Presentation Ceremony in five communities, benefiting 1,320 needy students. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

Tzu Chi Klang organized 11 sessions of Tzu Chi Study Grant Presentation Ceremony in five communities on November 1 & 2, 2014. A total of 1,320 students were awarded study grants, thus reducing the financial burden in their education. During the ceremonies, Tzu Chi volunteers also shared Jing Si Aphorisms with the students through interactive activities and videos, hoping to impart in them wholesome life values.

This drawing is proof of Agatiyan’s determination in pursuing knowledge and wisdom, which conveys a message that “knowledge can make a person wiser and triumph in his life”. [Photograph by Lim Choon Huat]

Accompanied by his mother, 14-year-old Agatiyan a/l Kanesan stood on stage in front of a large audience comprised of more than 200 students and 300 parents. He recited a poem entitled, “School”, to show the importance of knowledge and passion in pursuing studies.

Volunteers busy rolling the steamed buns and putting them in trays for steaming. [Photograph by Lai Sui Chin]

Spiritual cultivation of the Dharma can be in many forms, not just praying and chanting in the temples. Master Cheng Yen always reminds her disciples to put Buddhism into action and spiritual cultivation into practice, be it planting vegetables or making soaps in the Jing-Si Abode in Hualien. Volunteers from KL & Selangor Branch also followed the Master’s advice by fulfilling their spiritual practice through mindfully making “bao” (vegetarian steamed buns) from May 4 to May 9, 2014 for the coming Buddha Bathing ceremony.

It is hoped that all present have learnt about the compassion, kindness, joy and giving of the Buddha; and will constantly be reminded to purify own mind. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

On May 11, 2014, Melaka Tzu Chi volunteers held a grand Buddha Bathing Ceremony to celebrate a joint Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day at Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC). Some 3,264 attendees formed two lotus flowers – symbols of purity – at this event.

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

May 11 marked a historical milestone of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor Branch. Apart from the 2014 Mass Buddha Bathing Ceremony, it was also the open day of KL Jing-Si Hall, which is near completion after four years of construction work. More than 20,000 volunteers and members of the public were attracted to the 12-hour long event, and the volunteers prayed sincere piously under the lead of 28 Dharma masters from three main schools of Buddhism.