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Monday, 12 September 2011 00:00

Farewell to Brother Teoh Keat Hoo

Written by  By Siow Lee Kien & Tan Siew Chern, Kuala Lumpur/ Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Brother Teoh Keat Hoo was a dedicated documentary volunteer.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】

Brother Teoh Keat Hoo, a Faith Corp member of Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor, was found dead in his house on September 8, 2011. All volunteers were extremely saddened to learn of his sudden demise. On September 11, more than 100 volunteers sent him off on his final journey.


On September 8, 2011, Brother Teoh Keat Hoo was found dead in his house. He was only 43. The news shocked and saddened all volunteers of Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor. 

His sudden demise is another warning to all of us that life is impermanent and that we should treasure every moment. Master Cheng Yen has constantly reminded us that "There are two things in life that we could not prevent from happening – the passing of time and impermanence."

Many community volunteers took turns to accompany the bereaved family and chant for the deceased. Peng Lin, a former care-recipient of Tzu Chi, and a good friend of Keat Hoo, said, "We met frequently. The last time I saw him was at the recycling centre!"

Keat Hoo was a dedicated documentary volunteer. His determination and eagerness in recording down every touching moment with his video camera, will serve as a driving force to other documentary volunteers.

Farewell, Brother

The clouds were hanging low on September 11, when more than 100 Tzu Chi volunteers gathered at the funeral parlour to bid farewell to Brother Keat Hoo.

Brother Sio Kee Hong delivered an eulogy on behalf of fellow volunteers: "We are very grateful to have formed an affinity in our past lives that enabled us to work and cultivate on the Tzu Chi Path. You are indeed a role model for us to emulate..."

The funeral procession to the Cheras Crematorium was led by 9 Commissioners holding the lights and 8 Faith Corp members carrying the casket. They were followed immediately behind by more than 100 volunteers, chanting the Buddha's name.

After a chanting service performed by a Dharma Master, the volunteers tearfully watched as the casket of Brother Keat Hoo slowly disappeared from their sight. Sister Han Mei Fang said regretfully, "We always focus on the mental and physical health of our care-recipients, but have neglected that of our dear volunteers'."

Keat Hoo in the eyes of fellow volunteers

Brother Chen Kuei Chou, Keat Hoo's partner in documentary work, recalled: "He bought secondhand equipment by installments so that he could do video editing; and he would always quickly check on his work after each activity. He was that eager to learn and progress." Kuei Chou then made this wish to the deceased: "Please come back soon as Tzu Chi needs you."

Leong Chian Yee, another good partner of the deceased, said, "I am sorry I was not by his side when he left. He had done what he should for this life." "We will fill the gap left by him," Chian Yee promised.

Ho Wing Hong said, "I learnt how to take good pictures from him." He then ‘told' the deceased to come back with a healthy body and continue with his Tzu Chi work.

"OK! OK!" was the answer that one could hear from Keat Hoo whenever someone requested for his help. Keat Hoo joined Tzu Chi in 2005 and was certified as a Faith Corp member in 2009. Besides his documentary work, he was also involved in the Medicine, Charity and Environmental Protection missions. In the eyes of Brother Kee Hong, the deceased was a very cooperative volunteer in his community.

Keat Hoo had many bad habits like gambling, smoking, drinking and speculating, but he gave all these up after listening to the Master. Kee Hong said, "Brother Keat Hoo had showed us that life is impermanent, and reminded us to make good use of every moment we have."



Brother Keat Hoo had recorded many touching pictures. Today, it is our turn to record his footprints instead. His sudden departure will always be a reminder to fellow volunteers to be ready for the impermanence in life.

 

Every night, more than 200 volunteers were at the funeral parlour to chant for Brother Teoh.【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】   Peng Lin (2nd right) came to console Keat Hoo's family.【Photograph by Tia Yee Ling】

Every night, more than 200 volunteers were at the funeral parlour to chant for Brother Teoh.【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
Peng Lin (2nd right) came to console Keat Hoo's family.【Photograph by Tia Yee Ling】
 
More than 100 volunteers sent Brother Keat Hoo to the crematorium.【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】   Everyone was deeply saddened to have lost a colleague.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】

More than 100 volunteers sent Brother Keat Hoo to the crematorium.【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
 
Everyone was deeply saddened to have lost a colleague.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】
 
A few volunteers joined in the ceremonies for the collection and placement of Keat Hoo's bones and ashes with the family.【Photograph by Ngi Siew Poo】    

A few volunteers joined in the ceremonies for the collection and placement of Keat Hoo's bones and ashes with the family.【Photograph by Ngi Siew Poo】
   

 

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