The big crowd at the CPR carnival are happy to pick up a new lifesaving skill.

The big crowd at the CPR carnival are happy to pick up a new lifesaving skill.

MORE than 6,700 people in Penang took part in a mass cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) session helping the event to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest of such gathering in the country.

Organising chairman Dr Luah Lean Wah said the Mass CPR Carnival 2015 at the Han Chiang High School indoor stadium on Penang island beat the previous record of 4,459 in a CPR gathering in Johor in 2006.

“It is a testimony of the growing awareness among the people about this lifesaving technique,” said Dr Luah yesterday.

“Several schools in Penang sent more than 3,500 students and there was a very strong response from the police force with 1,000 policemen and policewomen taking part.

“We had a pre-registered number of 7,700 but the Malaysia Book of Records accepts only confirmed slips signed by the participants who have undergone the skills training.”

The carnival was opened by state Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin.

Wei Chien (right) with her friends from SMJK (C) Phor Tay learning CPR at the carnival.

Wei Chien (right) with her friends from SMJK (C) Phor Tay learning CPR at the carnival.

Dr Luah said that due to the large number of participants, the training carried out by the St John Ambulance and Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) had to be done in batches of 700 people per session.

Lim Ee Tins, 25, from Sarawak, who is a lab technologist in the Pathology Department of the Penang Hospital, said this was her first experience learning CPR skills and she found it insightful.

“We managed to learn the skill after practising a few times,” said Lim, who was with her colleagues Beatrice Andrew Steppen and Emeely Lenen.

Their tutor Saw Hon Mei, 18, said that St John Ambulance gave professional training on CPR skills, and she was glad that she could impart the knowledge to others.

Tan Wei Chien, 17, of SMJK (C) Phor Tay, said she and her friends were happy they could learn something useful. “We could not get it right at first but the tutor was patient.”

The carnival was organised by the Penang CPR Society, St John Ambulance Malaysia, MRC and the Lions Club International District 302 B2.