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Sunday, 01 February 2015 09:56

Cash Relief in Jerantut, Pahang

Written by  Siow Lee Kien & Kiew Lee Wen, Pahang / Translated by Chong Pei Fen

Tzu Chi volunteers presented the well-wishes from Master Cheng Yen and the love from everyone to the flood victims. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

In the aftermath of a severe flood in Pahang, Tzu Chi volunteers have not stopped caring for those affected. On February 1, 2015, as the flood victims were still struggling to restore their homes and lives, volunteers sent their warmest wishes once again through a cash relief distribution.


 
On the day of the relief distribution, affected villagers from 581 families made their way to SJK(C) Sg Jan Jerantut as the sun shone down warmly on them. Their hearts were even warmer when they received relief cash in the form of cash cards from Tzu Chi volunteers.
 
Jing Si Aphorisms relieved the sorrow-laden hearts
 
Abdul Razak bin Nong’s wish to enjoy his golden years after retirement with his family was crushed mercilessly by the flood. He only managed to salvage a refrigerator and a washing machine. Although he has been striving to restore his home, deep down, he knew it would not be easy. Due to a lack of knowledge about Tzu Chi’s relief distribution procedures, he snapped some photos of his damaged house to ensure he could get the relief cash with the photos as evidence. He was amazed by the mindfulness of Tzu Chi when he learnt that the volunteers had gathered kind contributions from everyone and sent them to the flood-stricken areas personally on their own expenses.
 
When the Master of Ceremony read out Master Cheng Yen’s message to the flood victims, Abdul Razak choked back tears and said that he was deeply moved by the spirit of “feeling the pain and suffering of others as our very own”, as advocated by the Master. It had also steered volunteers to reach out to the flood victims and provide them with medical services and financial aid.
 
The Jing Si Aphorism, “One must overcome difficulties and not be overcome by them”, had lifted all his worries and filled his heart with courage to face his problems. He repeatedly thanked volunteers for their love and shared that the financial aid from Tzu Chi was important for the flood victims, as it not only eased their burden, but also helped them to rebuild their homes.
 
Although not affected by the flood, Wu Si Fa, Village Head of Kampung Baru Jeransong, was touched to read a phrase, “When others are hurt, we feel the pain; when others suffer, we feel the sorrow”, in the Master’s message. He said, “Such spirit is thought-provoking. The many disasters that are happening around the world serve as a reminder for us to appreciate what we have.” He also witnessed the beauty of mankind through Tzu Chi volunteers, who had gone to the village and contributed their efforts unconditionally.
 
A cheerful smile
 
Seventy-five-year-old Chen Jin panicked when the floodwaters gushed into her house. She notified her husband, who was visiting their child in Kuala Lumpur, and evacuated immediately with some important documents. After the floodwaters subsided, she returned home, and upon seeing the broken furniture, altar and appliances, her heart sank.
 
But, feeling the Great Love from Tzu Chi, she said, “Tzu Chi truly cares for people in need. I am deeply moved by their charitable efforts and what the volunteers have done for the victims.”
 
Chen Jin plans to use the RM1,000/- relief cash to purchase daily necessities and furniture. Despite losing her possessions in the flood, she responded to the spirit of the “Bamboo Bank Era”, hoping that she could also lend a hand to those who are less fortunate through her little contributions. “Thank you Tzu Chi. I wish you all good health!” Chen Jin wished the volunteers before leaving the distribution site.
 
Thank you Master
 
“RM1,000/-? So much? Wow, it’s really RM1,000/-!” exclaimed Muhammad Uzair, a Pakistani refugee, in disbelief as he counted the relief cash in his hands. He was given a cash handout as he did not have a Malaysian bank account due to his non-citizenship status.
 
Muhammad Uzair came to Malaysia eight months ago, and has lived on a meagre income from selling Muslim headscarves in the night market. Receiving the relief cash, which was about the same amount as his monthly income, he said, “It is hard to believe! A Buddhist organization offers me help even though I am a Muslim. I want to thank your Master. Is she here?” When he learnt from the volunteers that the Master has never travelled abroad, he looked at them with a hint of disappointment and asked, “How then can I thank her?”
 
Touched by his sincerity, volunteers then told him that the CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien, was there at the distribution site. He immediately made a request to see her, and kept thanking her for the help rendered. “You should thank Master Cheng Yen,” responded Echo Chien, before encouraging him to become a volunteer.
 
As Muhammad Uzair could not really grasp the Master of Ceremony’s explanations on Tzu Chi’s missions in Malay, volunteers showed him a related publication and explained Tzu Chi’s missions to him again in English. He was astonished to learn that there are Tzu Chi volunteers across five continents, and admired the Master’s ability to spread Tzu Chi’s missions all over the world without being there herself. “I will look for more information about Tzu Chi on the Internet. I hope to become a member of this organization one day,” expressed an eager Muhammad Uzair.
 
 
Having warmed the hearts of the Jerantut folks, Tzu Chi will continue with another round of cash relief in other parts of Pahang on February 7 & 8, 2015.
 
 
Villagers from 581 families attended the cash relief distribution held in SJK(C) Sg Jan Jerantut. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]   The Village Heads were seated at the front row. Led by the religious leader, everyone prayed piously. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

Villagers from 581 families attended the cash relief distribution held in SJK(C) Sg Jan Jerantut. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]
 
The Village Heads were seated at the front row. Led by the religious leader, everyone prayed piously. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
Volunteers led the sign language performance for the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]   Many victims donated money in the bamboo banks to reciprocate the love they had received. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]

Volunteers led the sign language performance for the song, “We Are Family”. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
 
Many victims donated money in the bamboo banks to reciprocate the love they had received. [Photograph by Low Mai Yin]
 
The victims claimed their cash cards at the counters. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]   Abdul Razak was deeply moved by the message from Master Cheng Yen, and his heart lightened when he read the Jing Si Aphorism. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

The victims claimed their cash cards at the counters. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]
 
 
Abdul Razak was deeply moved by the message from Master Cheng Yen, and his heart lightened when he read the Jing Si Aphorism. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]
 
Muhammad Uzair could not believe that someone would offer him financial aid of this amount. He was deeply grateful for the love in his time of need. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]   Despite being affected by the flood herself, Chen Jin (left) donated some money, hoping that it could help those who are less fortunate. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]

Muhammad Uzair could not believe that someone would offer him financial aid of this amount. He was deeply grateful for the love in his time of need. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]
 
 
Despite being affected by the flood herself, Chen Jin (left) donated some money, hoping that it could help those who are less fortunate. [Photograph by Ong Siew Geok]