Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) has its beginnings in 1948 as branches of the British Red Cross Society in Sabah and Sarawak (then British North Borneo). In the 1950s the British Red Cross Society further established Branches in the other parts of Malaysia starting in Penang in 1950, and later in the other States.

Upon Malaya ’s independence in 1957, the Branches in Peninsular Malaysia were organized as the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society, which later was statutorily incorporated by the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act, 1962. MRCS received official recognition as an independent National Society from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on 4th July 1963 and accordingly was admitted as a member of the International League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on 24th August 1963.

When Malaysia was formed in September 1963, an Act to incorporate the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society and the Branches of the Red Cross Society in Sabah and Sarawak under the name of the “Malaysian Red Cross Society” was endorsed by Parliament vides the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act 1965. In 1975, the Malaysian Parliament passed the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Change of Name) Act which received Royal Assent on 21st August 1975 and subsequently gazetted on 4th Sept 1975 and is currently being enforced.

MRCS is presently one of 181 National Societies worldwide members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). MRCS runs programs and activities in accordance to the spirit and requirement of its Incorporation Act and the Fundamental Principles of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Today the organization of MRCS comprises of the National Council, the National Executive Board, the Branches, the Chapters and the Subsidiary Units, namely Red Crescent Links in primary schools, Junior Red Crescent in secondary schools and Voluntary Aid Detachments (for members above 18 years old).

The National Executive Board at its 220th meeting on 3rd August 2002 appointed 14 National Committees covering the portfolios of Ambulance Service, Administration and Personnel, Awards, Blood Program, Building, Disaster Management, Finance, Health and Community Services, Information and Fund Raising, International Humanitarian Law and Legal Affairs, International Relations, Tender, Training and Youth.

The National Committees implement their programs and activities through the organizational support of 15 Branches (States) and 148 Chapters (Districts). As of 8th May 2004 MRCS has 290,832 registered members.

The Constitutional Objectives

Under the provision of the Incorporation Act, the objectives of MRCS include “In time of peace or war, to carry on and assist in the work for the improvement of health, the prevention of disease and mitigation, of suffering throughout the world, in time of war, to furnish voluntary aid to the sick and wounded of both of armies and non belligerents, to prisoners of war and civilian sufferers from the effect of war, in accordance with the spirit and covenants of the Geneva Conventions and to perform all the duties devolved upon a national society by each nation, which has acceded to the said Conventions”.

The Vision

To be recognized as the leading humanitarian organization, nationally and globally.

The Mission

To serve the vulnerables efficiently, Anytime, Anywhere.


“Inter arma carita” (in war, charity) and “per humanitatem ad pacem” (through humanity to peace).