Ms Molly S.C. Ooi, PJK
B.A Hons ( English Language & Literature); Dip. Ed. (English); Dip. E.S.L.
University of Malaya ( 1974 /1975 )
I have always loved reading, writing and teaching. When I was a child in Assunta Convent, PJ, my ambition was to be either a journalist or a teacher. While in school, I was very active in the Literary and Debating Society. After graduating from UM in 1975, I had been teaching the English Language and Literature from Form 4 to Upper 6 for twenty years until my retirement from government service in 1996. Up till now, I have not lost this passion to teach and write.
It was during my retirement years that I was able to do all the things I had always wanted to do but never had the chance or time. I attended computer courses, learned to play the guitar and I wanted to continue learning to play the keyboard and guzheng.
Above all, I wanted more time to serve God. A few years ago, God called me to work as a co-ordinator among the poor, migrant, women workers in Penang like the Indonesians, Vietnamese, Myanmarese and Nepalese who were mainly on contract in the factories and construction sites. The Church is now a second home to them. We love and care for them, and share with them on how to live morally upright lives and be better workers. Having a safe place to be with their own countrymen keeps them off the streets and out of trouble. One day, I know that God will open the door for me to be a missionary in a country He has planned for me. He already gave me this vision a long time ago to serve the very poor with all the talents and knowledge He has given me so that they will know how much God loves them and have a chance for a better life.
In addition, I am very involved in community service in my housing area, Taman Sri Nibong. I am in charge of TSNRA Media and have been the editor of the TSNRA bulletins and newsletters for many years. Moreover, I am still conducting a free Guitar Class there and another free Proverbs of Wisdom class in my home
I have also set up this Community Blog for the TSNRA. The main aim of this blog is to update the community with all that is going on in our area and and the rest of Penang. I hope to have an inspiring blog, positive in its content, simple, easily accessible, and practical to both young and old. It should also benefit everyone, promote goodwill and understanding, and spread the message of love, peace and joy to all who visit. I only learned how to blog last year from a very patient young man in my Church. I really thank God for enabling me to be music, PC & Web savvy in my senior years and for blessing me with a PJK for the TSNRA Blog.
I have been an Online Evangelist and Counselor with Global Media Outreach International,. As a trained counselor, I work with committed teams of people all over the world to counsel those in need based on what God has taught in the Bible, not on what I think or feel. I have also attended Befrienders Penang Training and have conducted morning services part-time at Eden Handicapped Centre.
I am an Alumni member of the Assunta School, University of Malaya and Haggai Institute (training leaders globally to impact their world locally). Moreover, as an Old Frees’ Association Life member, I have served in the OFA Sesquicentennary Education Fund Sub-Committee. Together with my co-editor Mr SS Quah, we completed the OFA Commemorative Coffee Table book ‘Fidelis’ which was launched by HRH Raja of Perlis at E&O Hotel in March 2012. I am a also a Life Member of the Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association & Persatuan Pesara Malaysia ( Bahagian Pulau Pinang).
During my retirement, I am still keen to share my knowledge of the English Language with young people so I conduct a few English tuition classes at home for children around my area. I only teach an average of 2 hours a day to a very small group in the evenings, so this leaves me free time to do the other things that I love – serving the Lord, community work, studying at Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) International, reading, gardening and caring for my pets. Being a staunch supporter of a Green & Sustainable Penang, I launched the Recycling Program in our Taman. It’s the least I can do for my little ‘corner’ of Penang.
In my mid-60s now, I am still a firm believer in not wasting my retirement years. My philosophy is that God has given each and every one of us talents to serve others in both small and big ways. As long as one is willing to go, age is just a figure. In fact, I think that senior citizens can still give back a lot to society. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the younger generation. I love working with young people as they have a whole life ahead of them to change their society and country for the better. It is indeed sad for seniors to wake up every morning looking at the 4 walls and wondering how to get through the day. They age faster because brain cells deteriorate at a greater rate when lives are empty and meaningless.
There are many less fortunate people to whom we can be a blessing. It is very easy to donate money to them, but many of them need our love and care, and this involves giving something priceless – our time and ourselves. Voluntary work is not really ‘voluntary’ ie we help out only when we feel like it. Once we have volunteered, it becomes a commitment on our part and we have to be responsible. When we are the more fortunate, we tend to take a lot for granted but to those in need, a little goes a long way. No amount of money can buy the joy on their faces when they know that someone has made the time to care. All of us are busy in our own ways – we have no time, we can’t find the time. But it’s up to us to make time. This is a personal sacrifice without expecting rewards, status and glory. I believe that I should continue using whatever talents and knowledge that the God has given me to bless others for as long I am able.
Now, I am the newly elected DAP Wanita Chairperson of Bukit Gelugor Division. Being an apolitical person, I have no desire to be involved in the political arena. My passion is working for the empowerment and leadership development of women in Penang. This is a community very close to my heart. I am a woman, so I understand women better. In my own humble ways, I can make my small part of Penang, and the other little parts of the world, a better place for all who live here. It’s the little things that we do that add up to great things in life.
Little drops of water
Little grains of sand
Make the mighty ocean
And the beauteous land
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Make our earth an Eden,
Like the heaven above
And the little moments,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages.
Mrs. J. A. Carney (1845)