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Saturday, 25 February 2012 00:00

Tzu Chi Recycling Centre Welcomes Sabah Entrepreneurs

Tzu Chi volunteers gave a very warm welcome to the visiting entrepreneurs from Sabah.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

A group of entrepreneurs from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, took the opportunity to visit Meru Recycling Centre where they also attended a talk on "A Blissful Life for Entrepreneurs" given by Tzu Chi KL-Selangor. The visitors and local volunteers exchanged ideas on corporate social responsibilities.

Everyone of us is closely related to the environment. Hence, it is hoped that any enterprise or individual could incorporate environmental protection, recycling and carbon reduction into their daily operation and lifestyle respectively.

On February 25, 2012, a group of entrepreneurs from Sabah took the opportunity to visit a Tzu Chi recycling centre in Klang before attending a talk on "A Blissful Life for Entrepreneurs". There they exchanged views on conservation with Tzu Chi volunteers, and shared generously on corporate social responsibilities, setting humanity as the core value, thus enabling environmental conservation to become the basis for sustainable industries.

Conservation as a corporate social responsibility

After briefing the visitors on the establishment and facilities of the centre, Tan Lay Choo took the visitors on a guided tour of the centre, clearly explaining its operation and functionality in the community. For the visitors, it was an eye-opener to the unique Tzu Chi humanistic conservation programme and green entrepreneurship.

One visitor, Datuk Hwong You Chuaang of Karamunsing Complex in Sabah, had previously joined the entrepreneurs' group on a tour to Tzu Chi Taiwan, where he felt Master Cheng Yen's deep concern for the deteriorating Earth.

Upon his return to Sabah, he contacted Tzu Chi Kota Kinabalu and indicated his intention to donate land for the setting up of a Tzu Chi's recycling centre in Kota Kinabalu.

He said that he has come to understand the core value of an enterprise through Master Cheng Yen's teaching. Without the right understanding, an enterprise will deviate from the right course, and the entrepreneur concerned will deviate from the Buddhist teaching of Right Effort. Hence, he is very confident his action is the right choice, and is a kindness done. Kindness has become an integral part of his business strategies.

As he has a good understanding of Buddhist teachings, he could identify himself with Master Cheng Yen's teaching of practising Buddhist values in one's daily life; and had readjusted his personal and business values accordingly. He closed down his Japanese Restaurant and started a vegetarian restaurant instead. This way, he was able to provide the local community with an opportunity to be kind to Mother Earth through vegetarianism. He also invited his friends to start recycling, thus allowing the local community a chance to join in the act of kindness.

On this tour, he learnt about the essential facilities needed for a recycling centre. More importantly, he has learnt that conservation lies not in the collection of recyclables, but rather in educating the public on reducing human wants, thereby achieving the overall target of energy-saving and carbon reduction - the central issues in conservation and climate change.

Spreading kindness through energy saving and carbon reduction

Datuk Lau Koh Sing, President of Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (Sabah), and his wife, who were on the same April 2011 trip to Taiwan as Datuk Hwong, were so deeply moved by what they learnt that they joined Datuk Hwong in promoting environmental conservation upon their return from Taiwan.

Datuk Lau shared his view that a recycling centre is comparable to an enterprise as it processes recyclables by sorting them; and those engaged in the activity will realize the true essence of compassion, and learn to be kind to Mother Earth. This process can be termed as a "Cycle of Kindness".

With such understanding about the concept of conservation and compassion, Datuk Lau naturally incorporated energy-saving and carbon-reduction in his factory's production process. Through a workable plan of supervision and on-the job training for his employees, he was able to make them understand the need for conservation, and that energy-saving and carbon-reduction are essential to production. This effort has brought positive results in profit earning to his enterprise, while at the same time, allows it to fulfill its corporate social responsibility.

At the end of the day, the visitors invited the accompanying volunteers to the official opening of their recycling centre in Kota Kinabalu.

With everyone working together in protecting the environmental, the world will surely become better.


At this sharing on environmental protection, both visitors and volunteers get the chance to know each other.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】 Datuk Lau Koh Sing (front) looking at the recycled items in the

At this sharing on environmental protection, both visitors and volunteers get the chance to know each other.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Datuk Lau Koh Sing (front) looking at the recycled items in the "Treasure Zone".【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】
Datuk Hwong You Chuaang.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Datuk Hwong You Chuaang.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】


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