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Toasting to healthy lifestyle

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

THE next time someone wants to propose a toast to your health, the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Penang Branch proposes that they pick up one of its bottles of drinking water for the task.

The branch recently launched its Here’s to Health (H2H) fundraising project promoting the goodness of water to create greater awareness for a better and healthier lifestyle.

Branch chairman Datuk B.J. Yeang said the society would be selling its bottled drinking water to everyone, from large corporations to the local community and households, to raise RM50,000 in support of its humanitarian work.

“When we are too busy with work or any other chores, we tend to forget how important water is to our body.

“The human body is about 60% water for men and 55% for women,” she said, adding that being 2% dehydrated could seriously degrade one’s physical and mental functions.

The prices are RM1 per 500ml bottle and RM2 per 1,500ml bottle.

The bottled water will also be sold in cartons of 24 bottles of 500ml or 12 bottles of 1,500ml, where each carton is priced at RM10 or RM9 each for orders above 20 cartons.

Yeang said the orders could be collected from the headquarters at 26, Grove Road, Air Itam, Penang.

For details, please call the office secretariat at 04-8275678 or email to to place orders.

Fire drill too real for seven

Monday, March 30th, 2009

An annual fire drill at Komtar in Penang saw almost 2,700 employees from various government departments rushing down from as high as Level 58 of the building on foot.

State assistant medical officer Dr Saiful Azlan Sharif said there were seven real casualties out of over 30 mock injury cases in the drill. “Most of them fainted out of panic. They were sent to the Penang Hospital to receive medical attention,” he said.

Among those who walked downstairs and had to wait under the morning sun during the drill on Friday which lasted more than an hour were state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow and the Chief Minister’s chief of staff Jeff Ooi.

Chow said he was on his way up to his office at Level 52 when he bumped into Ooi and decided to accompany him for breakfast at Level Two. “If I had not bumped into him, I would already be in my office and would have to take a long 15 to 20-minute walk down the stairs with my staff,” Chow said.

Another employee at Komtar, Nioh Chu Chai, who is Penang Tourism Development, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Danny Law’s special assistant, was not so lucky as he had to walk down 53 storeys. “It was tiring but quite exciting as it was my first drill here. Most of the staff did not panic when they heard the alarm and left their offices in an orderly manner,” said Nioh. “Some of them even helped to inform their colleagues and made sure nobody was left behind,” he said when approached at a carpark near Komtar.

The drill, called Ops Ex Duga, started at 8.45am. The fire and rescue department was informed of the ‘fire’ at 8.53am and the first to respond was the Lebuh Pantai fire station followed by firemen from the Bayan Baru, Jalan Perak and Bagan Jermal stations.

The department’s deputy director Mohd Razam Taja Rahim said eight fire trucks and 10 utility vehicles with 32 personnel were deployed for the drill. “We also co-operated with the police, the Penang Hospital, St John’s Ambulance and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society.

“In actual fires, we would involve the voluntary fire fighting units as well,” he told a press conference after the drill concluded at 10.25am.

He said the Komtar building was completely vacated at 9.30am with the fire, which was staged on Level 45, being brought under control at 9.26am and put out at 10.10am.

Deputy state secretary Mohammad Yusoff Wazir said a post-mortem would be conducted to identify response weaknesses among employees at Komtar during emergencies.

State Health, Welfare, Caring and Environ-ment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the drill was carried out under Arahan 20, a command structure indicating the responsibilities of various government departments in crises. “The command chain must be clear. The post-mortem will reveal response weaknesses and show us what has to be rectified,” he said.

24-hour ambulance service for Chinese New Year festive

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Penang State Health, Welfare and Caring Society chairman YB Phee Boon Poh was invited launching the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Society 24-hour ambulance service for the Chinese New Year festive period at the society’s Penang branch operation office in Permatang Tinggi.

Phee said three ambulances would be put on standby between Jan 23 and Jan 31.  Some 300 Red Crescent members are involved during the period and they will be stationed along state roads on the island, north, central and south Seberang Prai.

The ambulances will be equipped with the Hospital Emergency Ambulance Radio Link system to enable members on duty to communicate with hospitals, St John Ambulance, civil defence and other emergency medical services.


Let there be light

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

TENAGA Nasional Bhd has been told to expedite the repair of street lamps, especially in rural areas in the Bagan constituency to reduce snatch theft cases.  Bagan Dalam assemblyman P.K. Subbaiyah said many residents claimed that TNB and the Seberang Prai Municipal Council were slow to react to their complaints.

“The authorities concerned should take days and not months to process the applications for new streetlights as well as to repair the faulty ones. There are still many poorly-lit areas such as Hujung Batu, Lorong Kubor and Kampung Benggali in my area,” he said after launching Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) Butterworth’s 24-hour ambulance services for the Chinese New Year festival recently.


Annual Awards Presentation 2007

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

THE Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) of SM Methodist Girls School (MGS) in Penang collected the most money among Penang schools during Flag Day on March 24 and 25.

The 103 members collected RM21,000 over the two days.

For their efforts, the school received a trophy from the Penang MRCS branch at the branch’s annual awards presentation ceremony held recently at the state MRCS headquarters in Grove Road.

Three Form Five students from the school also won trophies for their excellent leadership qualities. They are Khaw Jze Yuin, Aimy Lee and Ooi Her Wuen.

All smiles: (From left) Khaw, Ooi and Lee showing off their trophies.
Khaw said she liked doing community work as she gets satisfaction from helping people.

John Conceicao, 76, who had been a member of the society for 42 years, received the long-service award.

SMK Chung Ling students C. L. Peh and Tan Wei Keat also received leadership awards.

MRCS Penang branch chairman Saw Ewe Yong gave out the awards.

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