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After the trip to Myanmar in 2008, Dr. Ng vowed to recruit more medical personnel for TIMA. She has since introduced six doctors into the association. However, she wishes she could recruit more members because she feels that there are simply too many people in need of help.

"Every time I hear the Master say that time is running out and that we must seize time to do good before it’s too late, I grow anxious,” said the doctor. “How I wish that there were TIMA doctors in every corner of Malaysia. I must help build up TIMA in Malaysia.”

To make her wish come true, she spends time sharing touching stories of TIMA members with the medical workers she knows. Many of her coworkers have begun taking part in Tzu Chi activities with her, such as holding free clinics, sorting recyclables, and visiting children in orphanages. To make it easier for her coworkers to attend a Tzu Chi event, she even volunteers to drive them.

She carries a copy of the Tzu Chi Monthly with her wherever she goes and tells people about the foundation every chance she gets. “In the past, when I was seeing patients, I tended to spend as little time as possible with them. I couldn’t wait to send them packing as soon as a session ended. But now I can tirelessly talk to them about Tzu Chi and encourage them to do good and help others.”

After being certified as a Tzu Chi commissioner, Dr. Ng made three new vows: to continue doing good deeds, to learn as much as possible from the Master’s teachings as a way to cultivate herself spiritually and become a better person, and to inspire everyone to join Tzu Chi. She knows that these vows may not be that easy to fulfill, but if she can help the world become a better place, she fears no hard work and is more than willing to commit herself to more responsibilities.

Translated by Evelyn Yi-chih Sung
Source: Tzu Chi Quarterly Summer 2010