Inaugural CPR carnival in Penang aimed at beating Johor’s feat with 6,000 participants

Big target: Dr Luah (blue shirt) and the organising committee members showing pamphlets on the Mass CPR Carnival 2015 to be held in Penang on March 15.

AMEGA event called the Mass CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) Carnival 2015, to be participated by some 6,000 people, is set to make its way into the Malaysia Book of Records.

The carnival, to be held from 8am to 8pm on March 15, is organised for the first time in Penang by the Penang CPR Society.

It will be held at the Han Chiang High School Hall and the school’s indoor stadium.

State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the current record for the most number of participants in a similar carnival, is held by Johor, which had 4,459 participants.

“We wish to set a new record and at the same time, this event is also to raise awareness on the importance of CPR,” he said in a press conference in Komtar recently.

Organising committee chairperson Dr Luah Lean Wah said there would be 13 CPR training sessions in the 12-hour carnival and each session would take about 40 minutes.

“The registration for the carnival is free and the public can choose which session they want to participate in.

“No CPR experience is needed for participation and first-time learners are welcome,” she said, adding that the event was open for those aged 13 and above.

There will also be free health, dental and cancer screening.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who was present at the press conference, said the carnival themed ‘Penang Towards Heart Safe Community’, was an important one which would offer knowledge to thousands of people about live-saving techniques.

The event is jointly organised by the Malaysian Red Crescent Penang branch, St John Ambulance Malaysia Penang branch and Lions Club of Georgetown Central District 308 B2.

Those interested can register via online at or call Dr Jonathan Tan at 012-4801114, Anjelai Devi at 012-4769501 or Dr Luan at 012-4728436 for details.

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