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Volunteers from Tzu Chi Melaka initiated cash-for-work programme in Lipis, hoping to give local villagers a sense of community. It was an uplifting experience for both parties. [Photograph by Charlie Kam How Chan]

With blessings from Master Cheng Yen, Tzu Chi volunteers initiated the cash-for-work programme in Lipis, hoping to give the local villagers a sense of community and speed up the recovery of the town’s livelihood.

Volunteer Ch’ng Eng Guat chatted, consoled and persuaded Granny Mekti to eat the lunch specially packed for her. [Photograph by Tee Kim Wooi]

An old couple, who refused to go to the relief centre, took shelter in a tent set up by their neighbours outside their mud-filled home. Seeing her ruined house and unable to clean it up, Granny Mekti felt depressed and was consoled by Tzu Chi volunteer, Ch’ng Eng Guat.

Malaysia Airlines delivered 300 boxes of Instant Rice from Taiwan to Kuala Lumpur free of charge on December 30. Tzu Chi volunteers and Nippon Express staff helped coordinate at the airport. [Photograph by Lim Eng Yee]

Following the devastating floods that hit Malaysia, Tzu Chi Malaysia and Singapore have mobilized all volunteers to survey the affected areas, distribute relief aid, and hold free clinics since December 26. As of December 29, a total of 2,178 families (some 7,000 people) had benefitted.

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.

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