The St John Ambulance HQ in Kota Bharu is behind the Esso petrol pump and bordered by Jalan Gereja and Jalan Mahmud, adjacent to the Pembangunan Perempuan building and right in front of the new Hotel Perdana, and some distance from Hotel Sentosa. The main entrance is near the Hotel Sentosa side. The left side faces Hotel Perdana, and the back faces the Pembangunan Perempuan building. The building appears dilapidated but there is movement and some cars are parked on its grounds. I don't know who works there. Google map indicates the venue is that of Ibu Pejabat Cawangan Bulan Sabit Merah Kelantan.
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History of the Early Malay Doctors
In our medical history, the St John Ambulance is a favourite organisation and many of the early Malay doctors joined the St John Ambulance in order to help their communities and offer their expertise. They were also members of the Order of the St John (OStJ).
1908 -- establishment of St John Ambulance in Malaysia
1908-1938 -- first 30 years, activities limited to Army and Railway
1938 -- formation of St John Ambulance Brigade in major states. Members were recruited as Stretcher-Bearers and attended First Aid lectures (in due light of WWII). First Aid Posts were opened at the Divisions.
September 1941 -- introduction of Medical Auxiliary Service (MAS). St John Ambulance Brigade members absorbed into MAS; they used uniforms and held ranks.
1946 -- St John Ambulance Brigade members were paid 'war allowance'.
8 December 1941 - 15 September 1945 -- WWII; the St John Ambulance Brigade served alongside the British Armed Forces (military) and the British Malayan Railway Administration (railway). They retreated from the Japanese conquered towns and headed south to Singapore to assist in the Battle of Singapore.
14 & 15 February 1942 -- the St John Ambulance Brigade members were involved in the Battle of Singapore.
15 September 1945 -- surrender of the Japanese in Singapore.
1945 -- reoccupation of Malaya by the British Armed Forces (military).
1959 -- the St John Ambulance functioned in all the Malay states.
1972 -- the St John Ambulance Association and St John Ambulance Brigade within Malaysia, were amalgamated into one Corporation known as the St John Ambulance of Malaysia, under the St John Ambulance of Malaysia (Incorporation) Act, 1972 which was passed by the Malaysian Parliament.
|St John Ambulance HQ at left and Hotel Perdana at right.|
|Main entrance on Jalan Gereja|
St John Association of Malaysia - http://www.orderofstjohn.org/st-john-worldwide/australasia-asia-pacific/malaysia
St John Ambulance of Malaysia - http://www.sjam.org.my/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-John-Ambulance-of-Malaysia
Order of the St John - http://www.orderofstjohn.org/