Volunteers don't need compensation

I share Ms Quek May Ling's views ("Volunteers' pay may send wrong message"; Oct 12).

Volunteerism means one devoting or donating some time or effort to perform an activity to assist another person or achieve a common purpose to benefit the majority at large, knowing that there will be no tangible benefits attached or compensation received, except self-fulfilment during the process.

Often, we learn from the mass media of kind folks delivering packed meals to elderly and needy citizens, or even giving their homes a thorough clean-up.

There are some residents forming committees in their neighbourhoods to organise recreational activities so as to bond with other residents.

I do not think these volunteers receive any form of monetary compensation.

Students in secondary schools or tertiary institutions are also encouraged to volunteer to participate in various types of activities that can benefit the society without being paid.

Volunteerism plays a crucial role in the building of a cohesive and harmonious society.

Knowing that one is able to provide help to others, and make society better in the process, is already the best form of compensation received by the volunteers.

Lim Lih Mei (Ms)