GEORGETOWN, MAY 16 – The Signing of Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Penang State Government and Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia was happening today at Komtar.
“I was very glad for inviting me to in sight of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) etween Penang State Government and Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society for cooperation in the sharing of experience and expertise in relation to the management of disasters in Penang,” say Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
It was aims to ensure that the the management of disasters, Penang state government can be improved and more efficient and systematic, as well as compliance with the Directive on Policy and Mechanism for Disaster Management (Instruction No. 20 (Revised) National Security Council). The involvement of Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society in the management of disasters is no stranger to the public in Malaysia but it was recognized internationally.
This can be seen from the involvement of Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society in an earthquake recently in Nepal, where the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society has sent humanitarian aid in the form of the distribution of basic necessities to 5,000 families and also to set up Medical Clinics for treatment 3,000 disaster victims in addition to providing 6,000 food supply.
Party Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society is also distributing aid to flood in Kelantan. Until today, there was a total of RM5.92 million was disbursed such as cash and food aid totalling was RM1.69 million. The cash for work was cost RM1.5 million and build 220 temporary homes was cost RM1.76 million and construct 11 houses remained at RM960 million.
Party Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society has also provided assistance during the tsunami that struck the country in 2004 which also affected the local population in some coastal areas in Penang especially in Penaga and Tanjung Bungah. Meanwhile, Penang state government felt the need for cooperation established with the vast experience in management which distribution of aid during and after the occurrence of a disaster.
The State Government is very grateful for the willingness of the Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society to share experience and expertise in the management of disasters for the welfare and security of the people of Penang. Lastly, CM Lim added the stated by the founder of the Tzu-Chi, Dharma Master Cheng Yen as “Count your blessing, cherish them and sow more blessings.”