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After the Second World War and the Japanese occupation, parts of Malaya were devastated and the need for a similar organisation spawned the introduction of the British Red Cross into Malaya. The earliest Branches were set up in Sabah (then North Borneo ) in 1948. The first Red Cross Branch in Peninsular Malaysia was established in Penang in 1950. By the end of 1952, Branches had been formed in Perak, Terengganu, Selangor, Malacca, Johore and Pahang…(read more here)

 ps: Any Red Cross / Red Crescent members out there? We’d like to hear from you :)

  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    The earliest [Malayan] Branches [of the British Red Cross] were set up in Sabah (then North Borneo ) in 1948. The first Red Cross Branch in Peninsular Malaysia was established in Penang in 1950. By the end of 1952, Branches had been formed in Perak, Terengganu, Selangor, Malacca, Johore and Pahang…

    Before the war: For decades, Malayans contributed funds to the British Red Cross Society.

    During the Occupation: The Japanese (in much the same way as the Nazis) used the Red Cross to conceal and disguise the abuse of POWs.

    After the war: If we count the branch in North Borneo, founded in 1948, as a precursor of today’s Malaysian Red Crescent Society, then we should also count the branch in Singapore, founded in 1949 — especially because it was the Singapore branch that helped set up the branch in Penang in 1950. (It was also in Singapore that the Indonesian branch of the Society was organized, by someone who later became a minister in the government of Malaya.)

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