How does it feel to sleep on a bed for the first time in 17 years? Native girl, Mastura, finally experienced the comfort of sleeping on a proper bed when she received a Jing Si multi-purpose folding bed from Tzu Chi. This multi-purpose folding bed has become her favourite, and also the whole family’s precious treasure.
A convenient store was built on an extension adjacent to a house in Kampung Paya Mendoi, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Kuala Krau town. It was newly opened by a native woman, Zahidaima bte Akin, and has no signboard nor special trademark. But the customers recognized it as a shop filled with love, carrying names of Tzu Chi and other charity organizations in the premise.
Despite the great destruction it caused, the December 2014 flood had given rise to compassion towards those who are suffering in the eight affected states in Malaysia. In the seriously hit Temerloh, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor had mobilized volunteers to assess the situation, conduct cash-for-work programme and hold cash relief distribution just before Chinese New Year, to ease the victims’ minds and help them get back on their feet with the blessings from all.
Two years ago, Siva and Saroja, an Indian couple from Kuala Krau, were recruited by Tzu Chi volunteer, Yeong Kam Lin, to become a donating member; and they would also send recyclables to Tzu Chi occasionally. When their home was destroyed in the recent flood, this benevolent couple became recipients of the flood aid and realized that to help others is a blessing.
“Come on, let’s dance, you guide and I’ll follow your steps.” Tzu Chi volunteer, Lai Yoke Foong, invited flood victims to teach her traditional tribal dance so that they could temporarily forget about their worries over the flood. For ten consecutive days since January 26, volunteers from Kuching and Bintulu untiringly cared for the flood victims. On February 3 & 4, fourteen emergency relief distributions were carried out, benefitting a total of 358 flood victims.
Following the cash-for-work programme on January 4, 2015, and subsequent material distributions and free clinic, Tzu Chi held a cash relief distribution in Kuala Krau on February 8, alleviating the flood victims’ financial plight. Touched by the kindness they received, some local folks contributed savings from their bamboo banks, spreading love to all.
On February 8, 2015, as some village folks and Tzu Chi volunteers performed the sign language for the song, “We Are Family”, on stage, the audience rose and performed along, bringing an amazing feeling of a big family to everyone at the cash relief distribution in Kuala Krau.
A Malay woman, Idayuhari brought her one-week-old baby to visit Tzu Chi volunteers. Seeing her baby sound asleep in a volunteer’s arms, she said gratefully, “With this relief cash, we can buy formula milk and necessities for our baby. He has received Tzu Chi’s help from the moment of birth; he is truly a child with blessings from Tzu Chi!”
The few days of incessant heavy downpour since January 18 had resulted in devastating flooding in Kuching. Tzu Chi volunteers immediately activated the disaster relief work, but fortunately, the rain stopped on January 21. On January 22, the flood victims at shelter homes were told to return home; thus, ceasing all operations at the evacuation centres.
On January 27, after three consecutive days of home visits, Tzu Chi volunteers in Kuching reported to their KL & Selangor Branch, via video-conferencing, the statistics and current situation in Kuching. On January 28 and 29, cash relief distributions were carried out, with each family receiving a different amount of cash based on their losses and number of family members. It is hoped that through the cash given, the flood victims would be able to overcome their difficulties; and through volunteers’ care, they would be able to heal the pain in their hearts.