THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Politics? Limelight? No thanks!

I hate politics. Be it politic politics, office politics, NGO politics... as long as there are politickings involved, I stay away.

I guess that's why I'm more suitable to the voluntary work I'm currently doing. No politicking involved, the work done is on low profile basis (we visit our PLWHA clients as friends, no need to call the media or whatever), no fight during AGMs to get elected to any posts (in fact we beg NOT to get elected;-)) ... just let me do the gurkha work and I'm happy enough to have played my part. But I'm only talking about my voluntary work here, okay? If my business clients don't pay up, you don't expect me to continue doing all sorts of donkey work for them!

Whenever I meet up with my PLWHA clients, it's already a blessing for me. Upon seeing their sufferings, I always feel thankful. No, I'm not thankful that they have to suffer. I am thankful for all the things I have and all the things I don't have. I am thankful for all the new things I learn from them.

So, while my fellow volunteers sometimes feel guilty about assigning new clients to me (I am one of those with the most clients due to shortage of Malay volunteers), I welcome each opportunity I can get to meet a new client.

I have just been assigned a new client today. Another woman with an 8 month old baby. I have called her just now and we've already made arrangements to meet up tomorrow. I hope to be able to help her out. It will make my day if I can.

This is definitely better than politics!


Anonymous said...

Hi Kak Pi,

Thank you for sharing your stories with us. HIV has always been a taboo subject and that is why some people chose to ignore it rather than acknowledge it.
Sometimes we are so carried away with life, who drives what, who is who, etc.
I am glad that I can learn from your stories and be thankful to Allah for all the many things that I have always taken for granted.



i am humbled by the work you do.
thank you for visiting my blog.

and thank you for sharing what you do with us all.