Last December, several parts of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, as well as the east coast, were hit by incessant rain and thunderstorms. In the early morning of December 18, Tzu Chi volunteers urgently set up and mobilized a flood relief team, delivering hot meals to those affected. Starting from December 24, Tzu Chi gathered public members, mobilizing 6,605 volunteer-shifts in three consecutive days to do a large-scale clean up at the worst hit areas in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam, and Taman Sri Nanding, Hulu Langat. Following that, Tzu Chi volunteers ran 2,500 work shifts to flood-stricken areas in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Pahang, to compile list of flood victims and extend care to each affected family.
The light emitted by a single firefly is faint, but the light of a group of fireflies is enough to light up the darkest sky. The strength of one person is limited but moving the hands of a hundred or a thousand people is enough to remove the thick mud, giving back the earth a cleaner appearance, and restoring the flood-ravaged houses.
In light of the high number of Covid-19 cases, the Government imposed stricter lockdown in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, in an effort to break the transmission chains. As a result of the movement restrictions, 2,450 low-income households in eight localities were at risk of having no food. Learning of their plight, Tzu Chi reached out to them with a week’s food supplies.
“Look mum, our house is turning into a swimming pool!” exclaimed an innocent child who was unaware of the apparent danger, while the mother nodded helplessly and agreeing to the request to play in the water – just to keep the child awake.
Every year around Chinese New Year, Tzu Chi volunteers would prepare festive packs and a reunion meal for the care recipients. This year, with the MCO in place, they had to find alternative ways to send their warm greetings.
The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the tourism industry, causing loss of income to trishaw riders and bringing further hardship to their already hard lives. Therefore, on December 2, 2020, Tzu Chi Malacca volunteers began distributing cash aid amounting between RM400 and RM600 to help them tide over their plights.
As the pandemic has impacted the lives of some indigenous people, Tzu Chi volunteers delivered relief supplies and extended care to them. Volunteers also grabbed the opportunity to share the concepts of recycling and environmental protection.
On September 1, 2020, a new Covid-19 cluster was detected in Lahad Datu, Sabah. On September 26, after the Sabah state election, more cases were reported in Lahad Datu and Tawau. Since mid-September, Tzu Chi has been delivering preventive medical supplies to various parts of Sabah. This is made possible with contributions from the general public.
On October 19, 2019, Tzu Chi Kota Tinggi volunteers organized a Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony, where they also distributed Deepavali gift packs to the student beneficiaries, who come from Tamil schools.
More than 20 from the low-income group lost their homes in Kampung Melayu in an arson attack by a mentally-ill person. After learning the news, Tzu Chi volunteers rushed to offer assistance to those affected.
A downpour that lasted for over two hours on the morning of June 13, 2019 had caused the water level of the Kampung Kibambangan River to rise rapidly and consequently triggered a flash flood. Tzu Chi volunteers were despatched to assess the damage and deliver aid and care to those affected.
On June 8, 2019, a fire broke out in Kampung Karamunting Baru in Sandakan, Sabah at 2 pm, resulting in significant damage. Tzu Chi volunteers arrived at the site of the incident on June 15 to extend relief to the fire victims by distributing relief supplies and financial aid, besides conveying their sincere condolences.
As part of Tzu Chi’s Charity Mission, Tzu Chi volunteers in Segamat organized a year-end distribution event for its care recipients. The kindness shown by the volunteers warmed the hearts of the care recipients and evoked the love in them.