THE Selangor government earned a spot in the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) for the most number of participants involved in a first aid demonstration involving 445 people from 17 welfare homes.
State women and family empowerment, welfare and care economy committee chairman Anfaal Saari said it was wonderful being able to witness participants’ eagerness to learn first aid and wanting to be part of the record achievement.
“MBR’s requirement was for 300 participants and last year, the feat involved 281 participants. Now, we have hit above the mark with 445 participants.
“Having the most number of participants from welfare homes taking part in this first aid demo is an achievement,” she said.
MBR representative Edwin Yeoh handed the award to Anfaal.
“Safety aspects in welfare homes is important. First aid knowledge is also necessary to ensure occupants know how to provide first aid in times of emergencies,” said Anfaal.
She added that RM50,000 was spent to train participants, with the aim of creating awareness on the importance of having first aid knowledge.
In the demonstration, participants shared their skills in fire safety, use of fire extinguisher and steps to observe to evacuate an area in the event of an emergency.
The programme was organised by the Selangor government in collaboration with Selangor Economic Planning Unit, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Social and Welfare Department, Cakna Anak Malaysia, Berkat Berjasa and Kids Campus.
On another matter, Anfaal said the state government had made early flood preparations for the rainy season.
She said dry rations had been stocked up for flood victims.
“Selangor Volunteer (Serve) members are on standby to help local authorities in disaster situations,” said Anfaal.
“Preparations started in early September.
“We have blankets, towels, mineral water and basic necessities stocked up,” she said.
She said Beranang was hit by a storm on Sept 19 which affected 96 houses affecting 370 victims from Kampung Paya Tanjung, Kampung Sesapan Batu Minangkabau, Kampung Sungai Jai, Taman PKNS Beranang and Kampung Sesapan Batu Rembau.
“Being prepared allowed us to help the victims effectively,” added Anfaal.