ENLIGHTENING, informative, eye-opening and awesome were just some of the adjectives used by participants who signed up for a training programme held at the Malaysia International Search and Rescue (Misar) Academy in Kuala Lumpur.
Pre-school teacher Vani Chandran said the training opened her eyes to things she had taken for granted when out and about in the city.
“The survival tips were empowering. We learned about being more alert and protecting ourselves from danger.
“I definitely picked up a lot of survival skills and my favourite part was being taught to be alert when alone in an elevator with a complete stranger, ” said the 24-year-old Segambut resident.
Miss Amazing Malaysia founder Maynicca Dewi Rajamanikam allowed herself to be “kidnapped” and bundled into a car to learn the importance of staying calm.
“This training teaches you not to panic when put in a difficult situation as it can be a life-or-death situation.
“A lot goes through one’s mind when faced with a life-threatening situation and people tend to lose themselves in that fear and shut down, ” Maynicca said, adding that the exercise was an eye-opening experience.
Another participant, who only wanted to be known as Siti, said she was enlightened by the tips on how to spot hidden cameras in toilets and changing rooms.
“We often take these things for granted because we don’t expect people to put a spy camera in the changing room.
“But I have read of such incidents and it is always better to be safe than sorry, ” she added.
“For years, we have been empowering women with the right knowledge and equipment to save themselves from dangerous situations, ” said safety activist K. Balasupramaniam.
“It could be as simple as running away from danger and not panicking, ” said the man known to many as Captain K. Bala.
The event featured 10 segments — self-defence, thwarting a snatch theft, spotting hidden cameras, using pepper sprays, coping with traffic accidents, kidnapping, luggage protection, elevator safety, acid splashes and general crime.
About 100 women took part in the activities conducted by 32 trainers. The sessions ended with Bala, who is also Road Safety Marshal Club founder and Misar chairman, sharing tips on survival and safety. “Engage your mind and not your mouth when facing a dangerous situation, and never panic. It can save your life, ” Bala stressed.
The event was funded by the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit.
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