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Sunday, 05 August 2018 00:00

Volunteers’ Training in Malay Language

Written by  Chong Wun Hong,Keningau / Translated by Lee Hui Yieng

The participants and volunteers danced together happily. [Photograph by Tony Lai]

Volunteers from Keningau, Tenom, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan and Tambunan jointly organized a new volunteer training conducted fully in the Malay language on August 5, 2018, to encourage more locals to join the ranks of volunteerism.


The training began with Jovian Chai Chew Lun, a volunteer from Kota Kinabalu, greeting the participants in the Malay language, guiding everyone to pay homage in their own ways and sing the Tzu Chi Anthem. She also briefed the 54 new volunteers of different age groups and religions, on the common rules and etiquettes to observe.

Volunteer Chong Yee Cheun from Kota Kinabalu led an ice-breaker with local songs, “Di Sini Senang, Di Sana Senang” and “Saya Original Sabahan”. It was followed by the volunteers and participants dancing happily to a Sabah folk dance, Sumazan.

After the ice-breaker, the participants were shown a video, from which they learnt about the origins of Tzu Chi and its missions. Volunteer Tan Beng Fun then shared how Tzu Chi started recycling mission in Keningau back in 2007, and the development from a recycling point to a recycling centre.

Charity Mission is the root of Tzu Chi. Beng Fun urged everyone to do charitable work, citing that “a bucket of water can only be refilled after the water in it is shared”. In carrying out charitable work, one is reminded how blessed one is and to be thankful for their capability to help others. The sharing on the stories of Tzu Chi care recipients and the Happy Schooling Scheme also inspired participants from Tambunan to reach out to more families who needed help.

Participants also learn about the spirit of the Bamboo Bank Era; how a small act of kindness can go a long way to benefit the needy. Beng Fun also shared about the predicament faced at Keningau Hospital, where some patients gave up on dialysis treatment because there were only 19 dialysis machines available for 129 kidney patients. She called on to the participants to support a charity run organized by Tzu Chi to raise funds for the hospital, to expand its haemodialysis centre to accommodate more patients.

Another video footage about a care recipient in Kluang was also shown. It showed how volunteers showered their love on a care recipient, helped trim his long nails and unkempt hair that had not been washed for several years. They also cleaned his room which was littered with cigarette butts; celebrated his birthday, and many more. Many participants were moved and aspired to become volunteers.

A path with no regrets

Volunteer Thien Teck Hwa, a devout Christian, shared his transformation in life after joining Tzu Chi. He first came across Tzu Chi in 2005, when he was still a secondary school student, and became a member of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Group. After his graduation in 2008, he furthered his studies in Kota Kinabalu. There, he met some friends who led him to drugs and frequent nightclubs. Having been exposed to an environment that emphasizes loving kindness in Tzu Chi, it was a tug-of-war between goodness and evil for him. Seeing him gone astray, his parents decided to bring him back to Keningau and got him to work for Tzu Chi for a year, hoping that it could transform him.

After rejoining Tzu Chi, he even invited his friends who had gone astray in life to join him in Tzu Chi’s charity missions. Speaking of his past, Teck Hwa felt indebted to volunteer Wong Meng Juat, who is also his godmother, for not giving up on him and led him back to the right path until he was certified as a Tzu Cheng Faith Corps member in 2016. He shared from his experience that he has never regretted walking the Tzu Chi path.

His mother, who was there to listen to his sharing, was gratified with his transformation. After his sharing, Teck Hwa served tea to his mother and godmother, and embraced both of them to thank them for their tolerance, acceptance and guidance.

The sharing on Tzu Chi’s work in Tawau, also led the participants to see how the volunteers transform an area with high crimes rates, and where people dreaded to go without police escort, known as the dark area into a bright area. As the stateless children had no access to formal education, volunteers from Tzu Chi Tawau, set up a learning centre that can accommodate 50 students in 2017, creating hopes to the children. Now, instead of loitering aimlessly, the children attend school and learn wholesome values through use of Jing Si Aphorisms, a tool using words of wisdoms.

Volunteer Jovian stressed that education should not be compromised for the poor. So, another learning centre was set up at Pulau Gaya, with classes commenced on June 4, 2018.

Heartfelt words

Participant Adimin learned about Tzu Chi through a primary school teacher who gave him a Tzu Chi Study Grant application form. He better understood Tzu Chi’s missions at the study grant presentation ceremony. He was especially interested in recycling because many of the people living in the inland area still practise open burning, which pollutes the air and environment. He hoped to work together with Tzu Chi volunteers to raise environmental awareness among the people and guide them into recycling.

Another participant, Rosalind, took a 40-minute drive from Tambunan to Keningau to attend the training. She got to know Tzu Chi three weeks earlier, when she saw volunteers sell pre-love clothes to raise funds to support the expansion project of Keningau Hospital’s haemodialysis centre. She signed up for the training in order to find out more about Tzu Chi. The video of some poor people starving made her feel bad for wasting food in the past. She realized how blessed she was and aspired to become a volunteer.

Jonia, another participant from Tambunan, was touched by the video footages shown and Teck Hwa’s sharing on his transformation. She realized that there are still many people out there who need help. She hoped to play her part in environmental protection and save money daily to help the poor and needy.

Wang Cai Ling, a former school principal, said that since she has retired, she has all the more reason to involve herself in Tzu Chi. She revealed that a friend of hers in the US fell into severe depression following a failed marriage. Then, with companionship and encouragement from volunteers, she participated in Tzu Chi’s activities and overcome depression. With a changed mindset, she is now a much more optimistic. Hence, she always encourages Cai Ling to participate in Tzu Chi’s activities.

After attending the training, Tzu Chi care recipient Annie aspired to carry out charity work and walk the path of spiritual cultivation along with the volunteers despite her own suffering.

Towards the end of the training, everyone listened attentively to Master’s teachings and prayed piously to the song “Love and Care for All”. It is hoped that these participants, who aspire to serve humanity, will cultivate themselves diligently and be resolved on the Tzu Chi path.

 

 

Volunteer Tan Beng Fun shared on the development of Tzu Chi’s missions in Keningau. [Photograph by Tony Lai]   The participants sang the Malay version of the song, “We Are One Family”, and performed the sign language. [Photograph by Tony Lai]

Volunteer Tan Beng Fun shared on the development of Tzu Chi’s missions in Keningau. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
The participants sang the Malay version of the song, “We Are One Family”, and performed the sign language. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
Volunteer Thien Teck Hwa explained to a participant how to fill up the feedback form. [Photograph by Tony Lai]   After his sharing, volunteer Thien Teck Hwa served tea to his mother and godmother, and embraced both of them to express his gratitude towards them. [Photograph by Tony Lai]

Volunteer Thien Teck Hwa explained to a participant how to fill up the feedback form. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
 
After his sharing, volunteer Thien Teck Hwa served tea to his mother and godmother, and embraced both of them to express his gratitude towards them. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
Many participants were moved and filled up form to become Tzu Chi volunteers. [Photograph by Tony Lai]   Rosalind signed up for the new volunteer training in order to find out more about Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Tony Lai]

Many participants were moved and filled up form to become Tzu Chi volunteers. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
 
Rosalind signed up for the new volunteer training in order to find out more about Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Tony Lai]