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Wealthy and Spiritually Rich

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team / KL & Selangor Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

The Indonesian-Malaysian Entrepreneur Interactive Camp co-organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Tzu Chi Indonesia, served as an avenue for the entrepreneurs to share their life-enriching experiences and to promote Tzu Chi’s missions. [Photograph by Gan Cheah Teck]

At 8 am on October 14, 2017, volunteers welcomed over 500 entrepreneurs from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia to the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, for the inaugural Indonesian-Malaysian Entrepreneur Interactive Camp co-organized by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and Tzu Chi Indonesia. The objective of the two-day camp is to inspire the participants to realize their social responsibilities and enrich their lives through selfless giving, as practised by some successful and altruistic entrepreneurs.


The camp kicked off with a drum-and-bell performance presented by volunteers from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. The magnificent performance sent everyone’s heart rattling with high spirit. It was followed by an ice-breaking session, which allowed the participants to get to know one another.

Speaking of the positive response from the entrepreneurs, Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, commented that the significance behind a successful business should not only be measured in terms of its fortune, perceived power and superficial appearance, but what is equally important is its contributions towards society by leading the employees to carry out meaningful deeds, and evoking kindness in everyone.

She remarked, “The aim of this two-day camp is to convey the value of being a human, how to build a happy family and how to create a better society through the various themes and sharing by some successful entrepreneurs on how they fulfil their corporate social responsibilities.”

Echo Chien believes that the participants would not only benefit from the special sharing by corporate leaders, but also learn from the experiences of those who changed their life direction towards a brighter path.

Liu Su Mei, CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia shared, “We feel motivated seeing how the Malaysian entrepreneurs not only contribute financially, but also making time to participate dogmatically to bring forth such fruitful results. Their example is truly worth emulating.”

Su Mei hoped that the Indonesian entrepreneurs could learn from the Malaysian entrepreneurs who are not only wealthy but are also willing to give. She also hoped that they could bring home what they have learnt in the camp, and take concrete actions to help the underprivileged to create a society filled with love and kindness.

Love conquers all

The speakers comprised of successful entrepreneurs from Indonesia and Malaysia. They were Franky Widjaja, Chairman of Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Food; Sugianto Kusuma, Chairman and Founder of Agung Sedayu Group; and Eka Tjandranegara, President Director of PT Mulia Industrindo Tbk; from Indonesia, and Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Founder of Berjaya Group; and Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, Founder of Top Glove Corporation; from Malaysia. All of them share something in common, that is, they are all Tzu Chi members and/or volunteers.

Franky Widjaja, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, not only is he personally involved in Tzu Chi’s missions, he has also invited his employees to join as volunteers. More than 5,000 of his employees have become Tzu Chi volunteers and as of October this year, they had recruited more than a million Tzu Chi donors.

In his sharing titled, “Be Your Own Mind Cultivator”, Franky mentioned that during the 1998 riots against the Chinese in Indonesia, Master Cheng Yen advised the entrepreneurs to dissolve hatred with Great Love. Then in 2002, just when everyone’s mind was settling down after the riots, another tragedy occurred – the Angke River in Jakarta overflowed its banks, severely flooded its surrounding areas and affected  the neighbouring villages, thus further jeopardized the livelihood of the villagers, who were already poor to begin with.

Heeding Master Cheng Yen’s advice, the Indonesian volunteers carried out a “Five-part Relief Plan” of pumping out floodwater from submerged areas, cleaning up and disinfecting the affected areas, holding free clinics and building a brand new Great Love Village for the affected villagers, all done in the spirit of loving-kindness. Speaking of the past, Franky was grateful for being able to contribute towards Indonesian society by doing what he could to ease social unrest and help the flood victims.

Give with humility

Vincent Tan and Lim Wee Chai shared with the audience their realizations about life in a light-hearted session hosted by volunteer Tan Soon Hock. According to Vincent Tan, he had met many venerable Dharma Masters, but it was a different experience when he met Master Cheng Yen for the first time more than one and a half years ago in Hualien, Taiwan. He automatically knelt before the Master to pay respect to the Master. He said, “To me, she is like a living Goddess, a mortal Guan Yin Bodhisattva.”

After having vegetarian meals for two days in Hualien, he had the intention of becoming a vegetarian thereafter. His wife and children laughed with doubts, but he surprised them with his persistence in embracing vegetarianism up until today. He commended Tzu Chi’s achievements and held great respect and admiration for the Master, for her compassion and noble acts of kindness in reaching out to those who are in misery.

Lim Wee Chai, who is known for his excellent management forte said, “Investing time to participate in Tzu Chi activities is surely a right decision to make, rest assured that you will gain from it.” With 12,000 staffs under his leadership, Lim Wee Chai set an example in practising recycling in his daily life. He also adopted the Ten Precepts of Tzu Chi into his company as a guide of conduct for his staffs. Lim Wee Chai, despite a busy corporate calendar, managed to find time and undergone a two-year volunteer training without exceptions, to be a certified Tzu Cheng Faith Corps member this year.

In one occasion, he humbly let go of his billionaire status, spent two hours to solicit for donations and managed to raise RM36 in total. He shared, “Asking for donation was not a comfortable task at first, but since it was a right thing to do, I just did it.” His selfless act won him a warm round of applause from the floor.

Fulfil social responsibility

Eka Tjandranegara gave a talk on “Taking on Responsibilities with Courage”. His corporation, PT Mulia is undertaking The Exchange 106 project, a skyscraper of 106 floors currently under construction at the Tun Razak Exchange, Kuala Lumpur. This will be taller than the Petronas Twin Towers upon completion. This drew the attention of many, who wished to learn from his experiences.

Eka talked humourously of how he learnt about Tzu Chi and undertook the construction projects of Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall and Tzu Chi Hospital in Indonesia. He shared, “Money was not the main concern of Master Cheng Yen, but instead whether things were completed successfully and harmoniously. Hence, I gave my word to Master that I shall construct the Jing Si Hall, in the same quality as my own hotels.”

Through his interactions with the Master, he was deeply impressed that the Master could point out the problems in construction like a professional, with far-sighted wisdom and great vision, despite not being a professional in that field. He advised the young entrepreneurs to always live by the principle of doing a good job, and giving back to society.

Kindness returns

Volunteer Chia Wen Yu hosted a dialogue with Sugianto Kusuma on the topic, “You Could Make a Difference to Your Life”. With a good sense of humour, she shared about how she made great efforts to invite Sugianto to take part in Tzu Chi activities. After joining Tzu Chi, Sugianto participated in the Angke River project and other relief efforts in the aftermath of earthquakes, volcano eruptions, South Asia tsunami, and so on. The audience were captivated and awestruck by Sugianto’s sincere sharing, the supporting videos and photographs which displayed and echoed sheer dedication and unwavering commitment of the Indonesian volunteers in carrying out Tzu Chi’s missions.

In order to build a Great Love Village for the Angke River people, he learnt to inspire others to donate for a good cause. He sorted out his list of friends and visited each of them personally to share about Tzu Chi. He was jokingly nicknamed “Money Seeker”, but he did not mind for the sake of the future of those Angke River children. He advised and encouraged the participants, “Do not be afraid to solicit donations for good causes.”

In 2016, Sugianto was dragged into a bribery case as a result of helping a friend and was embroiled politically. He came under serious attack by the media for about half a year. Fortunately, he has been doing kind deeds and forming good relationships, so many friends came forward and rendered their assistance to help him out of the difficult situation. With his personal experience, he called on all entrepreneurs to join hands in carrying out kind deeds, so that the society will be more peaceful and harmonious.

Positive transformations

A few other entrepreneurs from Tzu Chi KL & Selangor also shared with the participants the positive transformations in their lives upon encountering Tzu Chi. Their determination for good causes was portrayed in the performance, “Putting Vows into Actions”, presented by 60 members of Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group.

Volunteer Chia Miow Chong shared how she was able to maintain her calmness when her factory was destroyed by a fire, thanks to her understanding of the Dharma as preached by the Master at dawn daily. She said, “After checking out on the fire till around 5 am, I returned home and slept, had meals and worked as usual. I even attended a Tzu Chi meeting that evening like a normal day. If this had happened earlier (before I joined Tzu Chi), I would have cried sadly for two to three months.”

Miow Chong also invited 12 of her primary and secondary schoolmates, whom she brought into Tzu Chi over the last three years, to give testimonial of the Dharma joy they felt on walking the Bodhisattva Path. She humorously said that Fu Wing Hoong was the naughtiest student in their class, and she had never expected that he would turn out to be the CEO of a public listed company with businesses overseas.

Wing Hoong participated in Tzu Chi’s Global Entrepreneur Camp in Taiwan in March 2016. He was deeply moved during the trip and became a vegetarian upon returning to Malaysia. He also turned his hobby in photography to benefit others by committing himself as a volunteer photographer with Tzu Chi. He said, “I am happy to be able to spread the Dharma through images, audios and other forms of contents. I keep a balance between my career, voluntary work and family. The heart is willing, so I don’t feel tired at all.” He was most joyful that 18 of his family members (including himself) will be certified as Tzu Chi Commissioners and Tzu Cheng Faith Corps members this year.

Indeed, success is not measured by how much wealth one has accumulated as true happiness always comes from within. Hopefully, this two-day camp could inspire more people to participate in Tzu Chi’s missions. With hearts awakened of loving-kindness, compassion, selfless joy and equanimity, the spirit of Great Love will spread far and wide!

 

 

Over 500 entrepreneurs from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia gathered at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall for the two-day camp. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]   Liu Su Mei (right), CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, and volunteer Chia Wen Yu (left) had been liaising with Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and made this event possible after months of preparation. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

Over 500 entrepreneurs from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia gathered at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall for the two-day camp. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]
 
Liu Su Mei (right), CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, and volunteer Chia Wen Yu (left) had been liaising with Tzu Chi KL & Selangor and made this event possible after months of preparation. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]
 
The ice-breaking session, allowing participants to greet and get to know one another. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]   The two-day camp kick-started with a magnificent drum-and-bell performance. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

The ice-breaking session, allowing participants to greet and get to know one another. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]
 
 
The two-day camp kick-started with a magnificent drum-and-bell performance. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]
 
Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, expressed that the significance in a successful business should not be confined to just fortune, power and superficial appearance, but rather, its contributions towards society is equally important. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]   The performance, “Putting Vows into Actions”, presented by 60 members of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s Entrepreneurs’ Group, conveyed Venerable Master Jian Zhen’s unwavered resolve in materializing his vows. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, expressed that the significance in a successful business should not be confined to just fortune, power and superficial appearance, but rather, its contributions towards society is equally important. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
 
The performance, “Putting Vows into Actions”, presented by 60 members of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s Entrepreneurs’ Group, conveyed Venerable Master Jian Zhen’s unwavered resolve in materializing his vows. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
The sutra adaptation performance of the “Sutra of the Medicine Buddha” (Finale) was undertaken by 30 performers, majority children of entrepreneurs, with synchronized movements. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]   Franky Widjaja, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, shared with the participants the concept of giving back to society. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

The sutra adaptation performance of the “Sutra of the Medicine Buddha” (Finale) was undertaken by 30 performers, majority children of entrepreneurs, with synchronized movements. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
 
Franky Widjaja, Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi Indonesia, shared with the participants the concept of giving back to society. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]
 
Malaysian entrepreneurs, Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai and Tan Sri Vincent Tan, shared their personal experiences in a light hearted session. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]  

Malaysian entrepreneurs, Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai and Tan Sri Vincent Tan, shared their personal experiences in a light hearted session. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]