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Capt. K. Balasupramaniam, a Safety Activist
Capt. K. Balasupramaniam, a Safety Activist

Road survivalWhat would you do if your car caught fire while you were driving?…..What would you do if the car you were travelling in met with an accident and you were trapped inside by the safety belt?…..What would you do if you were being tailed by another car? These questions and many more were answered by Capt. K. Balasupramaniam, a Safety Activist, when he conducted the Road Survival Programme recently.

Bala, with 21 years of experience in response and rescue, has probably seen it all. With the aid of very graphic pictures of the aftermath of accidents, he described each situation clearly and what measures could be taken in rescue attempts. His talk, though peppered with bursts of humour, was serious in its content and he got his point across to the 400-odd audience.

Bala showed the hazards of using the mobile phone or falling asleep while driving, and the importance of the safety belt. He demonstrated what to do when smoke emits from the car engine; how to free oneself when trapped by a safety belt; what measures to take when one’s car breaks down on the highway; what one should do when being road bullied; how to help when one comes across an accident and how to use a carjack to free a trapped person; what items would be good to have in the car; and a whole lot more. He also stressed and explained the necessity of making a police report in the event of a crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

With Malaysia’s high accident rate (an average of 19 per day), this programme couldn’t be more relevant. This talk is the second of Capt. Bala’s organised by Soroptimist International Ipoh; the first was ‘City Survival Skills’ for women.

More than 400 people packed the hall listening avidly to Capt Bala who gave an insight into how ill-equipped the average Malaysian is for emergencies and how dangerous our Malaysian roads are. Ipoh Echo would like to encourage more people to attend this and the other programmes of Capt. Bala’s not only for their own personal safety but also for others.

VWSL

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women in management and the professions; it is a global voice for women working through Awareness, Advocacy and Action. To find out more go to: www.soroptimistinternational.org or www.soroptimist.org.my; or contact: Ms Kuan 012-501 9205 – khoosbb@yahoo.com, Ms Lanka 012-519 0189 – lanka_rk@yahoo.com or Ms Jean 012-588 2313 – jean.chai@yahoo.com.