HIKERS or mountain bikers who injure themselves on rough terrain can now be rescued after the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC), Penang branch, was presented with a four-wheel drive (4WD) ambulance.

The ambulance was presented to the branch by the Lions Club of Bayan Baru (LCBB).

The club managed to raise RM216,765 through a karaoke competition and donations from club members and the public.

Organising committee chairman-cum-LCBB past president Khoo Choon Aun hoped that the 4WD ambulance would be able to reach more people and save more lives.

He said: At the same time, we also contributed RM10,000 to the construction of the MRC Centre in the southwest district here.

LCBB charter president Datuk Goh Eng Hoe said such an ambulance was needed because many accidents involving cyclists and hikers had been reported, and in many cases, a normal ambulance was unable to reach them.

MRC Penang chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the new ambulance would come in handy when members involved themselves in disaster and rescue activities on difficult terrains.

Time is always the essence whenever we respond to emergency calls as the faster the victims can be taken to hospitals for treatment, the better their chances of survival.

This kind gesture of the LCBB will encourage us to work harder to serve the people in their hour of need, she said in her opening speech recently.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present to witness the handing over ceremony, praised LCBBs initiative and called on other Lions Clubs as well as non-governmental organisations to follow suit.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.

CM Lim (in blue) being shown the medical equipment inside the ambulance by a MRC member.