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In line with Buddha's teaching of "Great kindness to the known and unknown, and great compassion for all", TIMA (Tzu-Chi International Medical Association) branches were set up in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. On 19 May 2002 and 24 August 2003, two free clinics were set up in Melaka and Klang respectively, offering an opportunity to doctors of various religious beliefs to provide medical attention to the poor and sick on Sundays.
Based on the concept of "We shall step out if the patients do not step in", TIMA members made regular house calls on handicapped patients as well as attend to the health of the aborigines.
On an annual basis since 2000, TIMA members from Malaysia and Singapore have gone together into the remote villages of Indonesia to offer free medical services. If there are any serious cases, they will be transferred to Malaysia for further treatment. The medical expenses are frequently sponsored by Tzu Chi volunteers as most of these patients are very poor. In so doing, the patients will have peace of mind.
TIMA has been actively making full use of every little time and space to set up this network of Tzu Chi medical services, thus relieving pain and suffering; and, at the same time, bring hope to those who are deprived.