Keep smiling even at the hard times…..

“Could you please help me to look for a nursing home that is free of charge?” That was the first question that Uncle Yap asked when I was about to strike a conversation with him.

Uncle Yap, 75, has a daughter and he is a dialysis patient. He is currently staying alone at his daughter’s house. Few years back, Uncle Yap’s wife suffered a stroke, unable to move and was sent to a nursing home. The daughter is bearing the monthly expenses of the nursing home that costs about RM3,000.

Due to the pandemic, Uncle Yap has not seen his wife and daughter for the past seven months. Before the outbreak, every month, his daughter would visit Uncle Yap and brings him to the nursing home to see his wife. From our chat, I deeply felt his yearning for his families.

Uncle Yap is very independent and tries hard not to make his daughter who is staying in Singapore worries about him. He manages his daily food and cleans the house on his own. He jokingly said, “No one would even knows if I die at home.”

Uncle Yap takes cab to Amitabha Hemodialysis Centre. Each return trip will cost RM20. Uncle Yap feels guilty as he thinks he is a burden to his daughter, and repeatedly asked to locate a nursing home with no cost.

Uncle Yap is an optimistic person, smiling throughout the conversation. He said he could only face all obstacles bravely as things has happened.

We hope Uncle Yap could be optimistic, stay happy and healthy.

Remarks: Amitabha Malaysia is in discussion with relevant departments, hoping to fulfil Uncle Yap’s wish.

A good deed

Amitabha Malaysia received a call from a kind-hearted volunteer. The volunteer saw an old uncle begging at the road side. The volunteer could not bear to leave the old and weak uncle, thus followed him home to understand the situation.

After a long conversation with this uncle, it was learnt that he had a heart disease. The hospital recommended him to undergo heart surgery that would cost around RM22,000. The old uncle was at loss upon hearing the huge amount of medical expenses. The volunteer hope that we could provide assistance by raising funds for him.

We visited the old uncle at his home after a brief from the volunteer. This single uncle is 73 years old and is currently staying with an Indian lady. A year ago, uncle sheltered the 65 years old lady upon seeing her begging on the street. At present, the lady cooks and keeps the home clean.

Uncle is reluctant to undergo the operation. He feared his old age would not be able to cope with the surgery. During the visit, we noticed that the groceries supplies at home is not much. Uncle shared that the donation from passer-by was not much and is only sufficient to buy rice and instant noodles. Starting from November, Amitabha Malaysia would be supplying groceries to uncle in hope to lighten up the burden.

Our appreciation to our kind volunteer who tipped off us on uncle’s plight, enables us to aid the needy.

A good deed brightens a dark world. If you come upon any people who need assistance, please contact Amitabha Malaysia. Let us work together to help the underprivileged.

For enquiries, please contact Claire at 012-7799593.

With compassion, we change the world!

We are constantly receiving distress call from public. As such, Amitabha Malaysia introduced provision relief programme on a monthly basis.  We welcome community who loves to help and care for people to join us as a volunteer, assisting us for monthly groceries distribution. During distribution of the necessities, volunteers are required to show their love and care to the needy group of people.

If you are the person we are looking for, please contact Claire at 012-7799593.

One Pint Save Three Lives

During the Kidney Healthathon – A Whole New Life event held last weekend, Amitabha Malaysia organized the Blood Donation Drive supported by HSA and KPJ.

The two-day event received overwhelming response from donors and we successfully collected 200 bags of blood. During this unprecedented time, the organization acted on the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) set by the authority by minimizing contact between one another and took precautionary measures in line with prevention efforts. Our appreciation to our enthusiastic volunteers who assisted the event. We aspire more people to join us to contribute the love to building a caring society together!

Kidney Healthathon – A Whole New Life

Last weekend (26 – 27 September 2020), Amitabha Malaysia organised “Kidney Healthathon – A Whole New Life” at AEON MALL Tebrau City Ground Floor. The annual event aspired to raise public awareness on kidney disease and promoting healthy lifestyle.

During the Movement Control Order (MCO), many become jobless, losing their earnings and unable to return to the old normal. Many daily wages earners and netizens who lost their source of earning, experienced great difficulties to sustain their day-to-day living. Our event partner – Nala Employment Agency assisted job-lookers for career application.

Since mid-July, Amitabha Malaysia introduced employment scheme assisting people who lost their income during this challenging time. Our gratitude to public who donated to these families who are experiencing great difficulties due to the pandemic.

On the event day, our event partners – 3 doctors from Nature Concept TCM and SP Healthcare conducted free medical consultation and urine test to visitors as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The one-stop Chinese and Western consultation on the day managed to attract public participation.

As a move to increase environmental awareness, Yellow Bin launched an environmental protection plan, appealing to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for collaboration. Once a month, Yellow Bin would visit the partners and collect recyclable waste and items. This would assist the busy working professionals on housekeeping, generating environmental leaders besides building a greener community. 

In addition, Amitabha Malaysia specially invited Perpustakaan Sultan Ismail for a Reading Corner in the mall. The move to assemble in a library of books is to cultivate reading habit among the community especially during this lockdown period to remind everyone to constantly upgrading one’s knowledge and skills to be prepared for tomorrow.

The 2020 Great Merit Sharing Emperor Liangwu Dharma Assembly

In compliance with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), The 2020 Great Merit Sharing Emperor Liangwu Dharma Assembly engaged with the public via offline and online platform. The four-day event was transmitted live via Facebook Amitabha Malaysia and Putuo Village whereby at one time attracted more than hundreds of viewers. In order to control the number of devotees at the event, the organiser adopted online registration to adhere to the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) set by the government. The attendees gave their full cooperation throughout the event, obeyed to the procedures of scriptures chanting and offering incense on their loved ones’ tablets. The attendee’s devotion and love towards the deceased and Chinese heritage remain unchanged despite many new normal after COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak.

A Story to Share

Sarah is a heart patient and a mother to two beautiful children aged 7 and 11. Sarah’s husband used to be a building painter. Due to an accident at work, he broke his fingers and is currently holding a certificate of Persons with Disabilities (PWD). Unfortunately, Sarah’s husband was laid-off due to the COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak.

The family lost the source of income and is finding difficulties to put a meal on the table. They are relying on their kindhearted neighbors to donate food to their children, while the couple would have bread to quench their hunger.

To make a living, the husband and wife is busy looking for opportunities. Amitabha Malaysia is providing three-month provision relief to the family to help them overcome this challenging period.

Members of public who wished to donate may drop by at the following venues:

Amitabha Orphanage 阿弥陀佛佛教孤儿院

115 & 115A, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Abad 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor.

Tel: +607-535 3356

Amitabha Caring Shelter, Kulai 阿弥陀佛敬老院(古来)

Lot 1488, Jalan Kampung Felda Taib Andak, Off Jalan Kota Tinggi 81000 Kulaijaya, Johor.

Tel: +607-535 3358/ +6012-798 0991

Amitabha Caring Shelter, KL 阿弥陀佛敬老院(吉隆坡)

A-14 & A-15, Jalan Rukun 7, Happy Garden, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama 58200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603-7890 3700

Alternatively, please click on the link

Blood Donation Drive

On Sunday, 9 August 2020, Amitabha Malaysia organized a Blood Donation Drive at Putuo Village, Kulai after the COVID-19 global pandemic outbreak.

During this predicament time, the organization took every measure that compliance with the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) set by the government.

All seating arrangement were placed one meter away including the waiting area, testing area and the blood donation area. To prevent and control COVID-19 infection, everyone practiced social distancing and reduced crowded space.

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) did not deter the enthusiastic donors from supporting the campaign. The overwhelming donors of all races enabled the organizer to collect 153 bags of blood for Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Bahru.

On addition, the organizer also invited Nature Concept TCM whereby the physician provided free consultation to the visitors. This meaningful activity has helped to overcome the shortage in blood bank, making a difference and save a life. For future events, the organiser hope to receive more participation and love towards building a caring society.

Love & Care the Elderly

Auntie Yu, 65, lives alone on the third floor of an abandoned shophouse in the busy city. Her mother and younger brother died one after another in the past two years. Apart from leaving Auntie Yu immeasurable sadness and loneliness, both of them left her a room full of old things to be sorted out too.

Auntie Yu broke her leg a year ago, she’s unable to work now, and her feet still cannot stand and walk. When she was first injured, she relied on a friend to take her to Hospital Sultanah Aminah for follow-up. After that, Auntie Yu stayed in her 3rd floor small room for 15 months. Kind ex-boss and neighbours bought her some food; during MCO, she had bread and biscuits to fill her hunger most of the time.

In the past 1 or 2 months, Auntie Yu realized that she could not control her bladder function, and the floor is all wet when she felt the urgency. The downgrading physiological function making Auntie Yu panic and lost. She tried to narrate her own experience firmly but broke down and sobbed helplessly. The volunteers secretly wiped the tears and encouraged her to face it positively, and consider to move in Amitabha Old Folks Home to receive proper care and balanced diet.

Auntie Yu’s inferiority is her biggest burden. She is afraid of bringing inconveniences to others, and hopes that her health can improve and continue to live independently.

Note: Volunteers will continue to visit Auntie Yu and bring her daily necessities, to be continued… (real name is not revealed to protect the beneficiary)

Act to Aid · Share to Care

Covid-19 is not only harmful to health, it puts lots of families in pitiful situation too. “Beating Pandemic with Love: Covid-19 Unemployment Relief” has received a number of applications from the public during a week time. On 26th July 2020, helpful volunteers delivered aids to 14 underprivileged families. In addition to deliver items to them, volunteers also shared their love and care with the beneficiaries. Thanks again to the volunteers!

Join Poverty Relief Team 012-779 9593 (Claire)