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Blooming Great Love for Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall

Written by  Yo Choon Yen & Kang Miew Tiang, Muar / Translated by Jacqueline Khoo

Tzu Chi Muar held a “Love Permeates the World” charity dinner at Bakri Junction Ballroom to raise funds for the construction of Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. The guests are seen here raising up high the lotus light in their hands, signifying that love lights up the world. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

While a person cannot do much, the strength of everyone when pooled together, could achieve any goals. With joint efforts and support from many, the “Love Permeates the World” charity dinner was a success, with love blooming in the hearts of the attendees and beyond.


Since 2015, Tzu Chi volunteers in Muar have been organizing fundraising events for the construction of Muar Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall on Malaysia National Day. This year, the volunteers held the “Love Permeates the World” charity dinner at the Bakri Junction Ballroom. It was attended by 1,300 guests, comprising Dharma Masters, philanthropists from all levels of society, and volunteers from Tzu Chi Chapters across Malaysia, as well as, Indonesia and Singapore.

Entrepreneurs joined hands for greater strength

These few years, entrepreneur volunteers from Muar have been actively recruiting new members. They organized fellowships, accompanied those who are interested to visit Tzu Chi Headquarters in Hualien, Taiwan, and learnt from Entrepreneurs’ Group of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. Through sharing of experiences, they hoped to inspire other entrepreneurs to join them in charitable work and spread the seeds of Great Love further with their influence. This time, they took the initiative to organize the charity dinner.

The dinner kicked off with a drum performance presented by 15 entrepreneur volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. With resounding drum beats and synchronized movements, the drum team presented their blessings for the Jing Si Hall. It also manifested the beauty of Tzu Chi’s team spirit.

Goh Mea Seng, assistant leader of the drum team, shared that it was not easy to gather the busy entrepreneurs for practices. However, as the Jing Si Hall is a home for all, everyone was willing to give their best cooperation.

Spreading love through songs

Tan Soo Suan, a famous local vocalist and stage performer, came all the way from Penang to show her support. She is fondly called “little teacher” by Tzu Chi volunteers as she has, since young, been volunteering for over 20 years. Throughout the years, she was often invited to sing Tzu Chi songs and has recorded several tracks. Recently, she even started to compose lyrics for Tzu Chi songs.

She explained that she did not come just to sing, but also to spread Tzu Chi’s humanistic values through her singing. Every song from Tzu Chi tells of compassion and the practice of Buddhism in daily life. She hoped that she could spread love and purify minds through her 30-minute performance.

She said, “I am grateful to be needed. I am willing to sing so long as there is a listening ear. It is my blessing to be able to create good affinities with others.”

Through her songs, she introduced the tea-art, calligraphy and flower arrangement classes that will be offered by the Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre at the future Jing Si Hall. She also mentioned that Jing Si Hall is a spiritual home, where one could find peace of mind. It is not only a home for all volunteers, but also for the public. Thus, she hoped that all would “come home” regularly when it is completed.

“Kind deeds should not be done by only an individual; everyone should get involved,” said Soo Suan, who then led the six performing volunteers to serve tea and present flowers and calligraphies to the Dharma Masters present respectfully.

Everyone chipped in for a good cause

After the groundbreaking ceremony, Yeo Koon Lian, the land donor, expressed that he will invite more entrepreneurs to support the construction of the Jing Si Hall.

Earlier, when volunteers visited him for some discussions, he handed to them an envelope containing some money and a list of donors. It was donation from his employees, who were inspired to contribute upon witnessing his kind actions.

At the charity dinner, a video introducing Koon Lian’s affinity with Tzu Chi was screened. Having gained a better understanding of Tzu Chi through the Entrepreneurs’ Camp in Taiwan, and as he concurred with Tzu Chi’s principle of helping the needy regardless of race, he vowed to help as much as he could whenever Tzu Chi needs his help. He hopes to reciprocate back to society the extra that he has gained from society.

That night, he shared his story with the audience in the company of Lim Haw Sek, an entrepreneur volunteer from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. He encouraged everyone to contribute towards the Jing Si Hall so that with collective efforts, the building will be completed soon.

His sharing of selfless giving won him rounds of applause from the floor. He also invited some 40 relatives and friends to attend the charity dinner, allowing them to learn more about Tzu Chi.

Do good and protect the Earth

The charity dinner, which served vegetarian dishes, had not only gathered the love of the public, but is also good for health and environment. When it is spread further, this power of love and collective kindness will eventually make society a better place.

At the invitation of volunteer Er Chin Kok, entrepreneur Lim Jia Hing attended the fellowship organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s Entrepreneurs’ Group, and the charity dinner in Klang to raise funds for Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur. Through these events, he learnt more about Tzu Chi’s contributions to society.

This time, he contributed RM160,000 for a classroom. He shared, “Education is really important. Moreover, Tzu Chi has contributed a lot to society; and the Jing Si Hall can bring good influence.”

Jia Hing also concurred with Tzu Chi’s environmental protection mission, and agreed that vegetarianism is good for health and environment. Thus, he decided to reduce his consumption on meat.

With the song, “Great Love Lights Up the World” playing in the background, all guests held and raised up high the lotus light in their hands, offering their blessings for the Jing Si Hall. The building, which will be constructed with selfless love and support from all, will thus be telling tales of moving Great Love one day in the future.

 

 

The guests, young and old, arrived at the venue of the charity dinner. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]   Volunteers introduced Jing Si Hall to the guests using the model. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

The guests, young and old, arrived at the venue of the charity dinner. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]
 
Volunteers introduced Jing Si Hall to the guests using the model. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]
 
The charity dinner was attended by 1,300 guests. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]   Volunteer Tan Soo Suan hopes to spread love and promote Tzu Chi and its humanistic values through her singing. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]

The charity dinner was attended by 1,300 guests. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]
 
 
Volunteer Tan Soo Suan hopes to spread love and promote Tzu Chi and its humanistic values through her singing. [Photograph by Lim Mui Hock]
 
Yeo Koon Lian (left) shared his story on stage. He encouraged all present to contribute towards the construction of the Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]   Entrepreneur Lim Jia Hing felt that education is very important. He acknowledged Tzu-Chi’s contributions to society and believed that the Jing Si Hall will be a good influence. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]

Yeo Koon Lian (left) shared his story on stage. He encouraged all present to contribute towards the construction of the Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]
 
 
Entrepreneur Lim Jia Hing felt that education is very important. He acknowledged Tzu-Chi’s contributions to society and believed that the Jing Si Hall will be a good influence. [Photograph by Ng Pei Sze]