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Federation Of Malaya Red Cross Society - A Lapel Badge

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Subject :Federation Of Malaya Red Cross Society - a Lapel Badge
Published By : None 
Location : Ipoh
Estimated Year : 1958
Media Type : Artifact
Source : Lent by and returned to Daniel Prakash, Ipoh International School
Remark :

This little badge measures 2.5cm. The British Red Cross was originally founded in London, on 4 August 1870, as The British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War. It was reconstituted as the British Red Cross Society in 1905.

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.

At the height of the Emergency, these Branches supplied 25 Red Cross teams for welfare work in new villages and kampungs. When Malaya gained its independence in 1957, The Society was established as The Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society by an Act of Parliament. Six years later, The Society was admitted as a member of The League of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies.

When Malaysia was formed in September 1963, an Act to incorporate The Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society and the Branches of the British Red Cross Society in Sabah, Sarawak (and Singapore) under the name “Malaysian Red Cross Society” was passed by parliament vide the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act 1965 (Act No. 47 of 1965).

In 1975, Malaysian Parliament passed the Malaysian Red Cross Society (change of name to Red Crescent) Act (Act 162) which received royal assent on 21 August 1975 and was duty gazetted on 4 September 1975. The Malaysian Red Crescent Society was born.

Information extracted from http://redcrescentselangor.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Filename : 20070529-016