The Malaysian Red Crescent

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In late 2018, I had the pleasure of meeting Lekha Nandey of the National Committee for Community Services, Malaysian Red Crescent, here in Johor Bahru. Over the next year I hope to accompany Lekha to major events supported by the National Committee for Community Services, Malaysian Red Crescent. I will record the events for my blog but also hope to provide material for Lekha to use to help publisize and promote the activities of the Malaysian Red Crescent.

So, please click on the links to my blogs on these events to learn more about these stories. (The links are on the dates of the events, and the most recent event is at the top.)


Clearly, all these activities of the MRC that I have reported on in 2019 need funding. The recent extensive flooding in Malaysia puts strains on their resources, so the Malaysian Red Crescent is currently appealing for donations of cash or kind to help with the current emergency. They are not looking for old used clothes, as they are not a dumping ground for items you want to discard. What they are hoping for are any items on the following list which have real immediate value to people who have had to leave their homes in a hurry:

1. Biscuits
2. Diapers
3. Sanitary pads
4. Milo 
5. Coffee 
6. Tea
7. Instant noodles in cups preferably 

These items are URGENTLY needed and you can call 019-7555600 for details.


On January 16th 2020, I accompanied volunteers of the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services Committee and the Rotary Club of Johor Centennial in the collection and distribution of groceries, oranges, cookies, and Ang Pow to some of the local Chinese community. Here I describe the system of Food Banks which helps support those in need.

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In January 2020, Lekha Nandey of the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services Committee was contacted by a member of the expat community in Johor Bahru to see how they could help with the flood victims. Thankfully that emergency has subsided so I have written an article (Charitable work of the expat community) to summarise how expats may best help their local community through charitable activities.

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In December 2019, Johor experienced severe flooding. So, on 17th December I joined the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services Committee as they took supplies to emergency evacuation centres south of Kulai. This report is called After even more floods!!! because so much more of Johor had been affected compared to my last report in October.

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On 29th October 2019, I joined the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services Committee to explore Johor After the Floods. We visited affected areas in Kankar Tebrau and a school in Kampung Melayu Raya (near Pekan Nanas) which acted as an evacuation centre.

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On 26th October 2019, while distributing food in celebration of Deepavali, we came across a guy called Siva. The Story of Siva sums up one of the more unique aspects of work undertaken by the Community Services Committee of the Malaysian Red Cresecent here in johor Bahru.

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On 26th October 2019, the day before Deepavali, the Malaysian Red Crescent started distributing food packages to the Hindu population in and around Johor Bahru. Here is the story of Deepavali and the Malaysian Red Crescent.

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On 7th July 2019, the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services Committee helped organise a Hygiene Awareness and Medical Camp for Rohingya children in Johor Bahru. This project was hosted by the Pertubuhan Kebajikan Cahaya Surya Bakti at Kempas and involved 20 young medical students from Monash University, Malaysia, who helped the younger Rohingya children learn more about personal hygiene and simple first aid matters.

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On 5th June 2019, the first day of Hari Raya celebrations, I joined Lekha Nandey and other volunteers who distributed gifts of food to the immigrant work force at the Masjid India in central Johor Bahru. 

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On 29th May 2019, I joined Lekha Nandey to experience a day in the life of a Malaysian Red Crescent volunteer. We travelled around the district of Pontian in the southwest corner of Johor, revisiting an old lady who had been helped earlier in the year, along with other miscellaneous activities.

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On 25th May 2019, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Malaysian Red Crescent helped Sunway Group with the installation of a Rice ATM and the distribution of 1,000 pots of burbur lambuk  at the Masjid India in Johor Bahru. The Chairman of the National Committee for Community Services, Malaysian Red Crescent, is Y.A.M. Tunku Idris Iskandar Alhaj ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Temenggong Johor. He officiated at this event and handed out gifts of money from Dato’ Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid (CEO of Bank Muamalat) who is also the Head of the Masjid India.

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My first event was to attend World Glaucoma Day on 30th April 2019 at the Fire Department Headquarters (Ibu Penjabat Bomba Johor) at Jalan Kangkar Tebrau, Johor Bahru.

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For more information on these and other activities of the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services, please follow their FB page and check out the website of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society at

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