We are continuing to appeal to our readers and visitors to donate to our work of running two centres. The annual budget is RM120,000 (USD38,000) for 2014 and 2015 and will grow higher as we recruit more staff and take in additional trainees.

Please make payment to 'Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan' with your name and address on a cover slip so we can mail you our official receipt. All donations from April 1 2011 will be exempted from taxation by the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia. Please send the payment to:

The Treasurer, Persatuan Berdikari Seremban Negeri Sembilan, 381, Jalan Kenanga 1, Taman Bukit Chedang, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

Thank you for your support.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Color of Compassion

This morning a thought passed over my mind. Is compassion color blind? Or do we dispense compassion according to who the beneficiary is? I reached a conclusion that we are often biased towards who benefits from what we can provide in their time of need. For instance we may give to the crippled but not the blind, or to the elderly and not the deformed young man. Or worse, we may give preferentially to our own kind, and you understand what I mean. Sometimes we give only to one religious group. Something we should think deeply if this is right.

In Christ, compassion is a universal value that cuts across race, religion and culture. It may be difficult to accept the saying that all man are created equal but when one is indeed stricken by a terrible illness, or fallen by poverty or swept away by tragedies like tsunami, cyclone or earthquake, it just show that there is no favorites in God's eye nor will He protect one group more than the rest. In His sight, all man are indeed created equal for all man are made in His image.

This colorblind concept of compassion must transcend our mission of the Persatuan, that in providing care we look away from the client's background and look into his inner needs instead. When we give the trainees opportunities to enhance their lives we set no condition and play no politics. Towards this end the culture of the environment of Persatuan must be one that dignify human values.

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