Members and guests of St John Ambulance Malaysia (Perak) (SJAM) celebrated their 75th anniversary with an annual dinner and cake cutting ceremony.
State Commander Dato’ Hj. Mohd Zainal Abidin Bin Hj. Abdul Kadir welcomed the members and said that they must continue to provide service to humanity and first aid in cases of accidents, sudden illness and to transport the sick.
Commander-in-Chief, Dato’ Dr Low Bin Tick, was the Guest of Honour and said that it is SJAM’s belief that every life is precious and must be valued. This is a service organisation and must aim to be complaints free. He urged for SJAM to provide 24-hour ambulance service to meet the needs of the community here and also requested SJAM to set up a haemodialysis centre to serve the less fortunate.
Low informed members that at the national level he has created the position of National Officer for Business whose responsibility is to raise money for the organisation to carry out its services. He added that St John Ambulance is providing First Aid Boxes to schools for free and selling them to the public to raise funds.
The highlight of the night was the presentation of an ambulance costing RM140,000 to SJAM. Zainal is a successful businessman and has donated the ambulance with his own money. He spoke of his business success as well. In his speech he said that this would be his last term as State Commander and wanted to step down. He would be concentrating on his business.
Members were entertained by dances performed by students of Perak Girls School and Day Care Centre, Ipoh.