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Act of Kindness with RM1

Written by  TEH AUN NI , KL & SELANGOR

Sai Moi (left) shared her Tzu Chi experience with the children and encouraged them to do kind deeds. Lin Jia Zheng (right) became a donating member and he recruited seven members of his family to be members too.[Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]

Chin Sai Moi had initially claimed to be a lazy volunteer. She preferred to be involved in recycling activities only and did not want to attend any volunteer training courses. She did not even bother to tell her husband how to be a donating member and instead referred him to another volunteer for information.


As she had to drive her own children to and from school, she gave free rides to other children in the neighbourhood. After a few years, she decided to be a fulltime school bus driver even though her children had graduated.

Sai Moi has been a hardworking and frugal person, who grew up in a rubber estate. After watching a recycling programme by chance on the Tzu Chi Da Ai TV Channel, she decided to be a recycling volunteer just like those she saw in the programme. Her wish was fulfilled when a Tzu Chi volunteer, Lee Suat Yon, overheard her talking about it while waiting to pick up her children at school dismissal.

A reluctant volunteer became proactive

Initially, Sai Moi became a volunteer for the sole purpose of doing recycling work, and had no wish to participate in any training course. When asked by friends and acquaintances on how to become a Tzu Chi member, she would just refer them to Suat Yon. It was not until she was given a booklet to record donating members she recruited, that she learned that Tzu Chi volunteers are obliged to recruit new members.

She embarked on this mission only to feel dejected. This was because she was always confronted with the question of “What would happen to the money that I would be donating as a member?”

As such, she was doubtful about continuing to be a volunteer.

In 2013, Master Cheng Yen gave an extraordinary task for Malaysian Tzu Chi volunteers to achieve – a ‘Million Bodhisattvas’ recruitment drive. Sai Moi decided to try again in response to the drive. Hence, she took part in such regular activities as home visits to the needy and humanitarian care for welfare homes, as well as, attended related training classes. By and by, she found herself more eloquent in sharing Tzu Chi’s missions with others.

Do you wish to be kind?

She recounted these words from Master Cheng Yen: “Be it adults or children, Tzu Chi volunteers should try to win them over by awakening their inert kindness.” With that, she started inviting the school children taking transportation from her to do good deeds and to be good. She also told the young children that happiness is to have meals and pocket money. She encouraged them to donate RM1 monthly for good purposes, and left them her contact number in case their parents needed clarification on the donation.

A Standard Four pupil, Lin Jia Zheng, did not respond as he was a Christian. But, as he was curious about Sai Moi’s speedy recovery from a surgery, the latter took the opportunity to explain that her fast recovery was because she had been doing good deeds, thereby obtaining divine blessings. She had prompted him to be a kind person by doing good deeds.

When parents followed up with phone calls, Sai Moi shared with them that parents should be supportive of their child’s attempt to be kind. Jia Zheng then became a Tzu Chi donating member, and he succeeded in recruiting seven of his family members – his parents, aunties and grandma – to become members too.

Do not hesitate to do what is right

Sai Moi would still thank the person whom she failed to recruit.

She believed that there would be a time when that person would understand and become a member.

As for her vision regarding the ‘Million Bodhisattvas’ recruitment drive, she said humbly, “I’m not highly educated and not good at other tasks, but recruiting donating members seems simple. I will just do what is right.”

Suat Yon, who has been guiding Sai Moi, was happy to note that the latter has become very proactive about Tzu Chi’s missions and had taken every opportunity to recruit members. She even requested her daughter to do the same in her school. Her easy-going yet proactive disposition is worth emulating.

She would equip herself with copies of Tzu Chi Monthly Journal and the booklet in which she kept records of her recruitment of close to 300 members. She separates donations for different purposes into respective envelopes to avoid mixing up. “The Master says that as long as the heart is kind, religion does not matter; anyone can do kind deeds as long as he/she wishes to do so.” It therefore follows that anyone, whether adults or children, could be a Bodhisattva.

 

Chin Sai Moi built up her hardworking and frugal nature because she grew up in a rubber estate. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]   Sai Moi continues to transport other children even after her own children had graduated. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]

Chin Sai Moi built up her hardworking and frugal nature because she grew up in a rubber estate. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]
 
Sai Moi continues to transport other children even after her own children had graduated. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]
 
Suat Yon (1st from left) has been guiding Sai Moi all along. She was happy that Sai Moi (2nd from left) is very proactive in recruiting new members now. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]   With Master Cheng Yen’s teaching in mind, Sai Moi braved any difficulties in recruiting members. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Suat Yon (1st from left) has been guiding Sai Moi all along. She was happy that Sai Moi (2nd from left) is very proactive in recruiting new members now. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]
 
 
With Master Cheng Yen’s teaching in mind, Sai Moi braved any difficulties in recruiting members. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]