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WITH less than 1% of organ pledgers in Malaysia and less than 50 organ donors, it is rare to see grieving family members giving their consent to donate organs of loved ones.

The family of Tan Ching Chin, who was killed on Valentine’s Day, has done a noble act by agreeing to donate her organs. I hope more people will follow this courageous act.

To ease family members’ grief in making the decision on your behalf, please pledge your organs. You can make your pledge online at http://agiftoflife.gov.my

Chew Hoong Ling
Petaling Jaya

Published in The Sun 20 February 2013 – 05:05am http://www.thesundaily.my/news/617331

 

Online way to make the pledge

WITH less than 1% organ pledgers in Malaysia and only fewer than 50 actual organ donors emerging each year, it is rare to see grieving family members agree to donating the organs of their loved ones.

The family of Tan Ching Chin, who was killed on Valentine’s Day, has done a noble act in agreeing to donate her organs. Ching Chin’s wish has been fulfilled and may she rest in peace.

I hope more people will make the pledge to become organ donors.

Pledges can also be done online at http://agiftoflife.gov.my

CHEW HOONG LING
Petaling Jaya

Published in The Star Wednesday February 20, 2013 http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?

 

ORGAN DONATION: Noble act that will save lives
By Chew Hoong Ling, member, Public Awareness Action Committee for Organ and Tissue Donation

With only less than one per cent organ pledgers in Malaysia, it is rare to see grieving family members give the nod to parting with organs of their loved ones.

The family of Tan Ching Chin who was killed on Valentine’s Day, has done a noble act by agreeing to organ donation.

I hope more people will come forward to do so. Organ pledges can be done online at http:// agiftoflife.gov.my.

Published in NST 20 February 2013
Read more: ORGAN DONATION: Noble act that will save lives – Letters to the Editor – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/organ-donation-noble-act-that-will-save-lives-1.221367?cache=03D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.3D163D03edding-pred-1.1176%2F%3FpFpentwage63Dp%3A%2Fhe3D03Dn63Frea-rti3D19.111w5ii%2Fe%2F7#ixzz2LOVyP9jK

I REFER to BR1M payments to the disabled. I suggest that the Inland Revenue Board work with the Welfare Department to ensure direct banking in of the BR1M payout to the disabled.

Most of the venues for BR1M payouts are difficult for the disabled to access.

As a volunteer at the BR1M payout sessions in Petaling Jaya, I had witnessed long queues and chaotic situations occurring, despite the organisers trying their best to control the crowd.

Most of the BR1M RM500 recipients are senior citizens and have difficulty walking.

Since the disabled already have their monthly aid channelled to them directly, I suggest that senior citizens receive their payout the same way too.

Chew Hoong Ling
President
Voice of Women Association

Published: The Sun 19 February 2013 – 05:06am http://www.thesundaily.my/news/616095

This is written in regards to charities are drying up during this festive season, non-governmental bodies (NGO) should look at social enterprise models for sustainability.

The concept of social enterprise has been the sustainability factor for many NGOs in America and even our neighbouring country, Singapore, but it is not fully accepted yet in Malaysia. The government has also been slow in drafting relevant acts and policies for the startup of social enterprises.

There are many examples, including confectioneries which generates income to sustain organisations working with poverty and hunger eradication. Social enterprises like TROSA Inc. generates income via furniture refurbishing and professional mover to subsidize the most successful substance abuse rehabilitation programs. The enterprise also provides jobs and creates employment for ex-substance abusers as well as providing residential options. The business has grown from merely an organisation depending on unpredicted revenue to a US$10million company in fifteen years.

There are many case studies and examples of social enterprises, available in book stores and Internet. This model will allow charitable organisations sustain their services and provide income for long term programs. The model also help the country solve social problems other than being an economy boost and employment creation.

The government should facilitate and ease the startup of social enterprise as well as introducing policies and acts that empower NGOs in starting businesses. Current social enterprises in Malaysia are taxed just like any other businesses, making startups more difficult. Educational programs as well as trainings is a must for these organisations have all the while focused on serving the public thus needing new skills to stimulate startups.

I hope NGOs could join hands and look into adopting the concept of social enterprise and government to look at relevant measures for its startup.

Dear Editor,
The national bowler charged with statutory rape, is standing a free man. The outspread of news gives us opportunity to revisit such cases. Many groups merely urged the courts to review the case thinking that it was too lenient to let go of a “rapist”. The word “rape” and being a “rapist” sends a strong signal to activist groups, rallying support to jail the “rapist” and punish the national bowler heavily.
Yet, many forgot to ask what happened to the girl, who may now waiting to sit for the SPM exams soon. How does she feel when these news on her “lover” gained such widespread publicity? Will she be called a “victim” of a rape case and be ridiculed in school? How will she face her peers in school and study peacefully? What is being done to ensure the girl’s welfare and emotions are well taken care of? I also hope that when cases like these happen, young “victims” and their family members should be given counselling, proper guidance and be allowed to carry on her life as usual.
The ultimate question – why do young couple have sex at such young age and will stricter laws ensure teen sex will not happen? There are many reasons why teens succumb to sex. Could it be curiosity and lack of sex education in school or it could be peer pressure and problems at home.
Finding the root cause of the main issue of teen sex and solving the problem from the root could be a better answer rather than asking for stricter laws and sending these “rapist” to jail. Let us ponder.
(Sent to news editors)
亲爱的编辑们,我国保龄球手在强奸罪下被判坐牢,但如今上诉成功获释放。新闻传出后提供了我们重新探讨这类案件的机会。很多组织认为法庭把那位“强奸犯”放走的这个结果太出乎意料的宽容,就仅仅要求法庭重新审判案件。“强奸”这个词和“强奸犯”这个人激怒了积极分子组织,他们集体强烈表示赞同把“强奸犯”关到监狱里去并严惩那位国家保龄球手。然而,我们往往忽略了事件中那位小女生的感受,她后来怎样了?她现在是在准备马来西亚教育文凭考试吗?当她知道她和“情人”之间的事在社会上被闹得沸腾,她会有怎样的感受?她会被称为强奸案“受害者”而在学校遭到冷嘲热讽吗?她要怎样平静地面对同学和应付她的学业呢?那针对维护小女生的福利和调整她的情绪方面,我们又采取了什么行动?我由衷地希望当类似的事件发生时,年轻的“受害者”和家属们应该被安排去受辅导,受妥当的指导,以确保她能像往常一样继续度过她的人生。一个最终的问题:为什么年轻的情侣们会在未成年时期发生性行为?而加强法律是否可以遏止青少年性行为的发生?青少年受到诱惑而踏入禁区的原因众多,可能是在好奇心驱使下,也可能是学校性教育做得不够全面,也或许是同龄朋友施予的压力还有家庭问题。追根究底去探讨青少年发生性行为的问题然后从问题根本着手去亡羊补牢肯定是比要求更严格的法律和严惩这些“强奸犯”的判决来得有效。让我们好好地想一想吧。

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各位编辑,
最近举行的净选盟3.0大集会和绿色盛会发生了一些毫无忌惮的暴力事故。我坚决认为那些滋事者包括警方和暴力的抗议者应遭到对付。但先别进一步细述这些事情,别让我们的目光停留在残酷和暴力的事件上。
我们不能忽略当天有着数以百千的人是平静地、喜悦地前往独立广场的,当然还有那些在世界各地静坐的人。对于那些保持冷静和为了公益理由的参与者,为你们的勇气和英勇,我向你们致敬。许多人在和谐的气氛下步行到独立广场,大家是为了干净和公平的选举,以及抱着政府聆听人民心声的希望,我也是其中一人。看着那些发布在面子书上,一张张在脱水和炎热的情况下大家互相扶持、互相援助,还有各族友人不分种族,守望相助渡过困境那种团结精神的照片,我觉得很感动。
此外,关于警员的残暴和警员袭击站岗记者的新闻不断地流传着。以我所见,这是很不公平的。星期六当天风和日丽,警员们严守岗位的同时,新闻界媒体们也在执行任务。对此我坚信警察总长会公正地处理事情。
在另一边厢,我们不可以忘记那些在暴力事件发生以前维持和平的人,据说在古晋的警察部队做得很好,那里的情况很平静。另外在世界各地的净选盟大集会也进行得很顺利,感谢那些维和部队把局面控制得那么好。
菩萨说过,好的事要说好,不好的事就说不好,在我谴责那些小部分暴力的滋事者的当儿,我为那更大部分和平步行的人群喝彩。同时我也认为警方不应该残暴地向群众发射催泪弹,也为那些在世界各地集会中保持冷静和维持和平的人们欢呼!

Dear Editors,

The recent rally for Bersih 3.0 and Himpunan Hijau has been unruly and went violent. I strongly feel that action should be taken on all parties including the police force and violent protesters. But let us not dwell further to see only brutality and violence in our eyes.
Let’s not forget that there were hundreds of thousands of people who marched peacefully and walked with joy to Dataran Merdeka, as well as sitting in peace around the world. To those who kept calm and came out in force for the good causes, I salute you for your courage and bravery despite many odds. Many, like me, walked in the spirit of harmony and for clean and fair elections, as well as to have the government hear the voice of the people. I am so touched with photos posted on Facebook, of people holding on to each other, helping each other at times of dehydration and heat, and in the spirit of unity, helped brothers and sisters of different ethnics to go through hard times.
Also widely circulated are cases of police brutality and incidents of policemen assaulting press men on duty. To me, this is truly unfair. Just like the policemen performing their duty on the fine Saturday, the press were also on duty for the rally. This, I put trust and believe the Inspector General of Police will handle fairly.
On the other hand, let’s not forget those who kept peace before violence happened and the force reportedly in Kuching, which was very peaceful and the police force did their job well. Elsewhere in the world, Bersih rallies were held in peace and thanks to all peacekeepers who handled situations well.
As Buddha said, let us see good as good, bad as bad. While I condemned the act of violence of a small percentage of protesters, I cheer for the larger crowd who walked in peace. While I think police force should not be brutal and started firing tear gas directly to the people, I also cheer for those who kept calm and peace in rallies around the world.
Dear Editors,
Yesterday, Facebook announced that users will be able to update their Timeline with an organ donor status. The move, Mark Zuckerberg, its founder, said will shed lights to 114,000 United States citizens waiting for live-saving organs.
If you have pledged to donate your organs after death and on Facebook, do update your status by going to your Timeline, click on “Life Event” and then “Health & Wellness.” You’ll see the option for “Organ Donor” and can add when and where you registered and your personal story. Asians may only get to update their status later.
For those who would like to pledge their organs and register as a pledger, Voice of Women Association Kuala Lumpur and Selangor also developed a Facebook application for Malaysians. You can pledge organ on Facebook via the pagehttp://facebook.com/SpreadLoveSaveLives and click on the PLEDGE NOW button.
In Malaysia, we have 15,000 people awaiting organs and over 13,000 are kidney patients on dialysis program. Hundreds of people die every year due to lack of organs. With only less than 200,000 or less than 1% of Malaysian population pledged their organs, I feel the 15,000 waiting patients will see no light at the end of the tunnel.
Each person who donates all organs and tissues after death could save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of over 50 people. Let us give hope and shed lights to patients in the waiting list. Spread love and save lives, pledge your organs today!

卓天,面子书(Facebook)披露了用户们将能够以器官捐献者的身份更新他们时间轴(Timeline)的状态。面子书首席执行官马克.扎克伯格认为,这个举动将可以让更多人得悉在美国有11万4千个等着救命器官的人。

如果你登记了在死亡后捐献器官,你可以在面子书上更新你的状态,到时间轴页面点击“生活事件”(Life Event),下拉菜单至“健康与保健”(Health and Wellness),然后你会看到“器官捐献者”的选项。你可以加上你什么时候和在哪里登记捐献器官,当然还可以分享你个人的故事。

至于那些想要报名成为捐献器官的人,雪隆女声也为马来西亚人推动了一个面子书申请。你可以在面子书上通过此链接http://facebook.com/SpreadLoveSaveLives,点击“现在登记”(PLEDGE NOW)的按钮,立即成为器官捐献者。

在马来西亚,我们有1万5千个人在等待器官和超过1万3千个人是仍在洗肾的肾功能衰竭患者。每年有数百人因为器官短缺而丧失性命。正因为只有少过20万或者少过百分之一的马来西亚人口登记成为器官捐献者,我觉得那1万5千个病患不会看见希望的光芒。

每一个在死亡后捐献器官和身体组织的人可以救上8条人命甚至能让超过50人生活得更好。让我们一起来为在等待器官移植的病患带来希望并且让更多人知道此情况。传播爱,拯救生命,今天就捐献器官吧!

根据星洲日报新闻,  “青體部:不倉促將青年限定年齡降至25歲 “,关于马来西亚青年年龄限定的讨论已经是一个长期的问题。
 联合国限定青年年龄为25岁以下。马来西亚国家青年发展政策将青年定义为年龄在15到40岁之间的人群,但这也进一步表面青年发展计划的重心将会倾向年龄在18到25岁的人群。然而,与政策背道而驰的是,许多青年发展计划的收益人都在25岁以上。
将青年的限定年龄降低的建议,很多年前就被提出讨论过,然而却被青年组织中多数领导人否决。从星报的一篇新闻文章就可以不言而喻,现在的领导者认为现今的青年人还没有领导力甚至还远不能在青年组织中拥有一席之地。一些人还表示越年轻的青年越不会对国家问题感兴趣。
这种想法迫使青年人群通过其他的媒体像面子书来为组织活动积聚力量。最近一个为青年议会所做的全国性的涉及5500名青年的调查表明93%的青年人同意设立青年议会而74%的人有兴趣成为一名青年议员。这些数据暗示着青年人没有足够的空间表达心声,他们也对国家问题非常感兴趣。许多成功的青年人已近显现出了领导能力并获得了成功。青年人Nabil Jefri 和 Jacqueline Sijore已经分别在摩托车运动和保龄球比赛中展现了惊人的成功。他们两个几乎都是20岁,Joel Neoh在他20岁还在念大学的时候就成为了百万富翁。
当青年体育部在部长YB Dato’ Sri Shabery Cheek的领导下继续宣布一个不受欢迎的声明把青年年龄降至25岁时,青年组织被这一声明吓了一跳。以他的改革而出名的青年体育部,部长不得不做一些不受欢迎的事。当副部长颜炳寿表示年龄限定将会逐步降低时,我希望更多的青年组织正面积极地看待这个举措并改革青年组织允许青年人领导组织。
周虹伶
青年體育部全國青年諮詢理事會會員
Referring to the news in Sin Chew Daily today 青體部:不倉促將青年限定年齡降至25歲 (http://www.sinchew-i.com/node/283513?tid=1) (Youth Ministry: No need for rush to youth age of 25 years old), the discussion regarding the age of youths in Malaysia has been a prolonged issue.
United Nations specify youths as below 25 years of age. The National Youth Development Policy of Malaysia defines youth as people aged between 15 and 40 years but it also further states that the focus of youth development programmes will be catered for those in the age range of 18 to 25 years old. However, contrary to the policy, many beneficiaries of youth development programmes are focused on youths over the age of 25.
The proposal to lower the age limit in the definition of youths, mooted many years ago, was however, rejected by many leaders in the youth organisations. (Evident in one news article from The Star http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/19/nation/9935816&sec=nation) Current leadership thinks that the young these days cannot lead and far lesser, hold positions in youth organisations. Some also say that the younger youths are not interested in national issues.
Such thoughts forced the young people to use alternative media like Facebook to gather strength to organise events. Then, the recent survey for Youth Parliament involving 5,500 youths nationwide, showed that 93% youths agreed to the setting up of Youth Parliament while 74% are interested to become a youth parliamentarian. (http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/11/nation/10897742&sec=nation) These numbers implicate that youths have not been given enough space to voice out and that they too, are very interested in national issues.
There are many successful youths who have shown ability to lead and achieve success. Young Nabil Jefri and Jacqueline Sijore has shown tremendous success in the motorsports and bowling arena respectively. Both are barely 20. Joel Neoh made it as a millionaire at the age of 20 while still in university.
When the Ministry of Youth and Sports under the leadership of Minister YB Dato’ Sri Shabery Cheek went on to announce a unpopular step to reduce the age of youth to 25, youth organisations were startled by the announcement. Yet, known for his transformation in the ministry, the Minister has to do what’s seem unpopular. When the Deputy Minister YB Gan Ping Sieu remarked that the age limit will be lower gradually, I hope that more youth organisations will look at the move as a positive move to transform youth organisations and allow the young to lead.
CHEW HOONG LING
Member, National Youth Consultative Council
Dear Editor,
The recent news in The Star 12th March, 2012 “Ministry: Laws on organ transplant need to be drafted”, I am very concern with the development of organ donation and organ transplantation in Malaysia.
As a living liver donor myself, I have understood and privileged to experience the complications and after-effects of giving part of my liver to someone. The country has over 20,000 people waiting for organs with kidney patients top the list. Yet many die while waiting for organs due to insufficient organs from cadaveric donors.
The potential of cadaveric donors is very high, looking at the number of accidents reported daily. However, the plight of these patients often goes unheard due to our selfishness. When there is a lack of organs from cadaveric donors, living donors are sought for organs to be transplanted.
Therefore, the rise of organ trading, black market and human trafficking related to organs sale. This must put to a complete stop.
Malaysians, let us ACT! Let us put the plight of thousands of people in the waiting list be heard! Pledge to donate your organs after death at http://agiftoflife.gov.my and talk to your family members about your decision. 
More to be done if all of us could just chip in every little effort. Bring the topic of organ pledge to “teh tarik” session, be an advocate, understand the cause through Internet and educate yourself, help at any organ pledge campaign and even better, organise one. Get someone to give a talk in your organisation, places of worship, office and even at home! I’d be glad to contribute in sharing my experience as part of my effort to promote organ donation.
For every organ recipient you save, do remember you are saving another life who could have been killed for their organs to be sold. Let us do it today. Pledge your organs at http://agiftoflife.gov.my
CHEW HOONG LING