District 3310 Membership Seminars for East Malaysia and Brunei was held on Sat, 17 Aug 2013 at 360 Hotel Kuching for Clubs in Sarawak and Brunei region. All in we had almost 60 Rotarians and guests attending the Seminars.  Seminar at Kuching was organised by RC Kuching Central, Organising Chairman, PP Ee Guan Teck.




ROTARY CLUB OF KUALA LUMPUR DIRAJA/ RCKLDR     is organizing nation wide community service programme  called Healty Lifestyle – Skipping For Health in selected government schools in Malaysia with significant backing from Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.


Our club strongly supports this efforts and recommended
5 schools to participate in this programme.


  1. SK NANGA KLASSEN. Rural residential primary school. students150. pr 1-6. No interact club. Our Club has done health and vision screening project there. reviewing the water supply at present.
  2. SM SAINS KUCHING. suburban residential sec school. form 1-5. 200 students in form 1-2. Interact club is established. club has new gen projects on going for last 3 years. -music and sports
  3. SMK BANDAR KUCHING NO 1. Urban  sec school. Interact club very established.500 form 1-2 students. club has on going new gen projects for last 25 years
  4. SMK KUCHING HIGH. Urban sec school. Interact club very well established. 800 students in form 1-2. Club has ongoing new gen project for last 18 years.
  5.  SJK ST PAUL. Urban primary school. No Interact club.600 students in primary 1-6. Need help with exercise equipment.


KUCHING: Video clips of Rotary International are now being screened in the lobby of Plaza Merdeka here to promote the organisation’s work to the public.


The video screening is part of a promotional campaign by the Rotary Club of Kuching Central to introduce the voluntary organisation through new media tools.


“We are delighted to present our Rotary videos for the first time to the public at Plaza Merdeka on its giant television screen.


“With this public relations exercise, we hope to reach out to individuals who are interested to support the work of Rotary in doing good in the world or to be part of the Rotary family,” the club’s public relations chairman Clarence Yong said at the launch yesterday.


He said Rotary International’s mission was to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance global understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.


“The videos provide an effective and professional way to share Rotary with our community and local media.


“Making people aware of who we are and what our club does will have an impact on membership and community support for our future service projects.


“We hope the information given in the video presentations will attract more corporate sponsors to be our partners for the service projects we carry out to benefit our community,” he added.


The videos focus on Rotary volunteers’ efforts in addressing critical issues such as polio, literacy, health and water.


The screening was launched by Rotary International District 3310 governor Chew Ghim Bok, while Plaza Merdeka is sponsoring the screening space and airtime.


The Rotary Club of Kuching Central was established in 1986 and currently has 40 members.


Since its inception, it has won recognition and awards for its achievements in carrying out community service projects, vocational service and international projects.


Rotary International District 3310 covers 62 clubs with 1,800 members in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, Labuan, Malacca, Johor and Singapore.


Source: The Star Online



Vision, something most people take for granted. This gift of sight is one of the most valuable gifts. The Rotary club of Kuching Central in partnership with CIMB Bank, the Sarawak Health Department and the Sarawak Social Welfare department has since 2008 embarked on a preventive blindness campaign.


The first project was a Cataract operation in Kapit followed by another held in the Sarawak General Hospital Kuching in 2010. In the 2010 event, patients were brought in from as far away as Sri Aman, Betong, Serian & Lundu. In June 2011, the most ambitious project was carried out at Daro benefiting the underprivileged residents of Pulau Bruit.


Today’s project represents the continuation of this effort to prevent blindness. With the assistance of Sibu Hospital Director Dr. Wong See Chan, Deputy Director Dr. Nolan Teo and Dr. Thomas Law the Rotary club of Kuching Central sponsored by CIMB Bank will be providing for up to 100 cataract operations free of charge. As well the Rotary Club of Sibu will be providing assistance to ensure the projects smooth implementation.


Selection of the patients is done with the assistance of the Sarawak Social
Welfare Department based on the following criteria of each patient:
- Household income below RM800 per month
- Number of dependents to support
- No financial support from family member
- No side income
- Those who receive monthly financial assistance under Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat & OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya)


There were a total of over 40 patients who immediately required cataract operations. Six operations have been completed to date and another 34 will be carried out in the coming months. The patients will be operated on weekends by ophthalmologists and supporting staff who will work overtime to accommodate them.


The patients are from Dalat, Kapit, Sibu, other nearby villages and are expected to make their own travel arrangements. If they cannot afford the transport costs, the nearest hospital will provide them with assistance. After the operations have been done successfully, they will be referred to the Sarawak Social Welfare Department to assist them to return home where free tickets will normally be provided for the patients to take either buses or boats.


The remaining 60 IOL (intra ocular lens) will be handed over to Sibu Hospital as and when required. The Sibu hospital undertakes around 1,000 cataract operations annually. It is estimated that approximately ten percent of total patients are from the low income group.


Present to witness the event is District Governor Lee Kong Hwee (District 3310:2012-13), members from both the Rotary Club of Sibu and the Rotary Club of Kuching Central.


RC Kuching Central & CIMB Foundation: The club has worked in close association with the CIMB Foundation since 2008 (about the same time when CIMB Foundation embarked in a big way to undertake CSR projects). The first project was in Kapit in 2008. Thereafter another project involved the areas of Sri Aman, Betong, Serian & Lundu (2010), the Pulau Bruit (Daro) (2011) presently in Sibu. Total funding from CIMB to date including this project is RM230,000.00


This Preventive Blindness initiative is a signature project of the Rotary Club of Kuching Central.