Mobile Rescue Unit
Date of Issue: 08.05.1998
30sen, RM1, Presentation Pack
50 Tahun-Persaluan Bulan Sobit Merah Malaysia
1998 marks 50 years of humanitarian services by the Red Cross and the Red Crescent movement in Malaysia.
In 1864, when sixteen countries signed the “Charter” the Red Cross was born. It established that in war the sick or injured soldiers, friend or foe should be protected, nursed and cared for. This charter was called the First Geneva Convention.
In Malaysia each state and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan constitute a Branch of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS). Membership is open to all without discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, station in life, religion or political inclinations.
The Malaysian Red Crescent Society is one of 175 National Societies of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies throughout the world and it is a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (The International Federation).
Its mission does not just end with the protection and preservation of life during catastrophes and tragedies. It is also concerned with other aspects of welfare care especially for the underprivileged the handicapped and other humanitarian causes such as strengthening Diaster Preparedness and Response, developing the 999 24-hours Emergency Ambulance Service, promoting Blood Donor programmes, implementing Health and Community Service Programmes, developing First-Aid knowledge through a “First Aider in Every Home” programme, disseminating knowledge of the Fundamental Principles and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) while implementing and developing training programmes and mitigating suffering through active participation in relief operations and deliberations.