News Release

Church in Malaysia Provides COVID Relief

Latter-day Saints reaches out to dialysis patients and an underprivileged community in Malaysia during the pandemic

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In response to the impact of COVID-19, The Malaysian Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently extended its heartfelt generosity and kindness to those in need through the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF), and the Association of Social Services and Community Development Gombak District, Selangor, Malaysia (in short PSPK – Pertubuhan Perkhidmatan Social dan Pembangunan Komuniti Daerah Gombak).

President Tony Teh receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Mr. Chua Hong Wee, CEO of NKF Malaysia. Accompanying him is his wife Annie Teh.© 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

NKF CEO Chua Hong-Wee was deeply touched and pleased with the donation of 30,000 medical face masks and 200 sets of N95 face masks. With suppliers and manufacturers unable to meet the surging demand for masks as a consequence of the pandemic, the foundation was critically in need of this item for staff and dialysis patients. The arrival of the masks in June from the Church was an immediate and welcomed relief to the foundation.

In profound gratitude for the donation, Mr. Chua presented the Church a Certificate of Appreciation which was received by President Tony Teh of the Singapore Mission Presidency of the Church on behalf of the organization.

President Teh stated, “It was a humble experience being a small part of this wonderful event. We are blessed and proud to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.”

NKF CEO Chua Hong-Wee receiving medical face masks from the Church.© 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

The needs of underprivileged families were also provided for in the same month. The Church donated to PSPK 2,600 loaves of freshly baked bread for 1,300 families affected by the pandemic. Titled “Bread for Breakfast Project,” these families were very grateful for the donation and expressed their happiness to receive kindness in their time of dire need.

Representing the Church was President Royce Tai, counselor to the Kuala Lumpur District Presidency. Also present to lend support was President Teh.

Commenting at how astonished he was at the swiftness of the Church in delivering supplies to the PSPK Mother’s Benggali Bread Enterprise, President Tai stated,

“To watch how the bakery went into action baking bread to bless the lives of the needy during this unfortunate time was a blessing. It was in 2018 when the Church had donated the ovens and machines to support baking classes that were held at the center. Today we witnessed the propagation of efforts by the Church to serve Malaysian communities in dire need.”

PSPK Chairman Henry Sandanam reciprocated stating,

“On behalf of the families, PSPK thanks [the Church] for your generosity and gesture of kindness towards the community. The families expressed their gratitude upon receiving the bread during this crucial situation. Your support means so much to them and we are profoundly grateful to have you with us. You have been an excellent example of humanitarian effort, and we are continually inspired by your dedication and continuous support.”

President Royce Tai, President Tony Teh, and PSPK Chairman Henry Sandanam with a family receiving bread loaves through the “Bread for Breakfast Project.”© 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Recently also, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Malaysia was invited to participate in the “13th Swami Satyananda Memorial Lecture 2020.” This event was held through a webinar on Saturday, July 18. More than 300 individuals attended this webinar lecture.

The theme of this year’s memorial lecture was “Beyond the Golden Rule.” President Richard Ho of the Kuala Lumpur District Presidency of the Church gave a heart-warming and an exemplary talk that discussed how Christians subscribe to higher laws than the golden rule.

Other speakers included Dr. Amir Farid Bin Che Isahak, chairman of INSAF Malaysia; Dato’ Halimah Mohd Said, president and founder of the Association of Voices of Peace, Conscience and Reason (PCORE) Malaysia; and, Dato Letchumanan Ramatha, president and national coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris Malaysia.

While the pandemic has brought much suffering around the world, this has been an amazing period in history to witness boundless human deeds that have applied the golden rule, and its influence in spreading love, kindness, generosity, prayers, fasting, and charity to nations and people in critical need.

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