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New Tzu Chi Recycling Education Centre in Klang

The ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the Meru Recycling Education Centre.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】

On October 26, 2011, the Meru Recycling Education Centre was officially opened after a year of preparation. Besides collecting recyclables, this Centre also educates people on the importance of environmental protection.


After a year’s preparation, Tzu Chi Klang's Recycling Education Centre in Meru was finally officially opened on October 26, 2011. With this opening, volunteers are a step closer to achieving their 2011 vow of having one recycling centre in each community.

The origin of this Centre

In November 2008, Tzu Chi volunteer, Ng Kim Keong, visited Mr Ng Guo Rong to discuss about renting a venue for a Tzu Chi activity. Then at Kim Keong’s invitation, Mr Ng and his son, Dato' Sean Ng, attended a retreat camp for entrepreneurs organized by Tzu Chi Headquarters in Taiwan. On that visit, the father and son were deeply touched by the great love spirit they saw in Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan. Upon their return to Malaysia, they donated to Tzu Chi Klang a new building for use as a community centre, as well as, a piece of land for the establishment of a recycling centre.

In March 2011, all the required documents and approvals were obtained for the building of the Centre, and construction work finally began on May 3, 2011.

Ng Senior had personally supervised the construction on a daily basis, as well as, documented for Tzu Chi the construction progress with his camera. To make the Centre more comfortable in the daytime, he also requested his son to add insulation and a ceiling to the building. His son, Dato’ Sean Ng, would also stop by on his way home after work to check on the progress.

It is a blessing to serve

On August 25, 2011, the last day of construction, volunteers arrived at the site early in the morning to complete the laying of inter-locking bricks.

One volunteer was IT software engineer, Chew Yok Hing, who took leave that day to help lay bricks for the recycling centre. Before joining Tzu Chi, Yok Hing would use his leave to relax at home or go on vacation. Since joining Tzu Chi 7 years ago, he has been using his leave to participate in Tzu Chi's work.

Passing the bricks was not an easy job even for young people, let alone the elderly. Yet 70-year old Teo Ah Hong and Yow Fong Lon were seen doing this job as agile as the others. When asked to rest, they would always refuse because they treasured their ability to serve.

Please come often

On September 9, Mr Ng handed over the keys to the building to Ang Kim Seng, the Person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang. From then on, volunteers started with the final preparation and promotion for the Centre’s opening.

The Centre is opened every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning; and vegetarian lunch is served from its kitchen.

Since its opening, Lim Poh Sen has never missed a day at the Centre despite the injury on her right hand that she sustained from a road accident more than 10 years ago. She used to be an unhappy person before joining Tzu Chi, often lamenting about life being unfair. In Tzu Chi, she learnt that life is impermanent, and from then on she decided to serve with her left hand. Now, one can often find her cooking steadily with her left hand at many of Tzu Chi's activities.

Wong Yoke Kiew vowed to bring in 500 volunteers for Tzu Chi through this Centre.

 

The recycling station in its construction stage.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】 At the opening ceremony, the volunteer team presented a sign-language performance of the song, “A Clean Earth”.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

The recycling station in its construction stage.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

At the opening ceremony, the volunteer team presented a sign-language performance of the song, “A Clean Earth”.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】
Volunteers taking distinguished guests on a guided tour of the Centre.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】 A group of community residents can be seen sorting papers at the Centre.【Photograph by Soh Teck Hing】

Volunteers taking distinguished guests on a guided tour of the Centre.【Photograph by Lim Poh Choo】

A group of community residents can be seen sorting papers at the Centre.【Photograph by Soh Teck Hing】
Mr Ng laying interlocking bricks.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

Mr Ng laying interlocking bricks.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】