For the Faith and in the Service of Humanity

St John Association of Malaysia

Who we are

St John Ambulance in Malaysia started in 1908. From 1908 to 1938, the movement was confined to the Army and the Railways. When the war clouds were gathering in 1938, the Government decided to form the St John Ambulance Brigade in all the large states.

The members were first recruited as Stretcher-Bearers. Once they were proficient, they attended First-Aid lectures. In early 1941, regular meetings and air raid practices were held. The Government also allocated First Aid Posts to the Divisions to carry out their duties.

In September 1941, the Government introduced the Medical Auxiliary Service and all the St John Ambulance Brigade members were automatically drafted into this service. In addition, they were permitted the right to use their St John Ambulance Brigade Uniform and hold ranks. This was an encouragement to all officers and members because of the recognition given to the movement. Furthermore, all members of the St John Ambulance Brigade were paid a war allowance that was given in 1946.

When the Japanese declared war on 8 December 1941, the St John Ambulance Brigade members did magnificent work in all the First Aid Posts. Many members withdrew to the South together with the Armed Forces when the Japanese Forces captured their towns. Many more served in the battle of Singapore and lost their lives for the Service to Humanity.

St John Ambulance was the only voluntary organisation in Malaya then that rendered medical services before and during the war.

The British Military Forces re-occupied Malaya in 1945 and re-organisation of all departments and institutions started. From 1959 onwards, the movement functioned in all the States in Malaya.

In 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. This was made possible with the passing of the St John Ambulance of Malaysia (Incorporation) Act, 1972 by the Parliament.

As of 2010, St John Malaysia has 8,691 active adult volunteers as well as 34,088 youth members and 12,346 child members; collectively they gave a total of 950,393 hours of service throughout the year.

Malaysia at a glance

Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states and three federal territories in Southeast Asia with a total landmass of 329,847 km².  The capital city is Kuala Lumpur while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. The country is separated into two regions — Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo — by the South China Sea.  Malaysia borders Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines.

The Federation of Malaya achieved independence from the United Kingdom on August 31, 1957. Singapore, Sarawak, British North Borneo and the Federation of Malaya federated to form Malaysia on September 16, 1963.

The population of Malaysia as of 2012 is an estimated 29,179,952. The Malays forms the majority of the population (50.4%) while there are sizable Chinese (23.7%) and Indian (7.1%) communities. Islam is the largest (60.4%) as well as the official religion of the federation.

The Southeast Asian nation experienced an economic boom and underwent rapid development during the late 20th century and it is often referred to as a newly industrialized country. The majority of the labour force is employed in services with an estimated 51% of the population working in this sector in 2005. In 2011, Malaysia ranked 61st out of 187 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index and has a relatively high life expectancy of 74 years.

What we do

In 2010, St John Malaysia trained a total of 19,443 adults in First Aid and treated 11,597 patients. The association ran the following First Aid courses:

  • Emergency First Aid
  • CPR/Airway Management and Oxygen Therapy

St John Malaysia also provided the following services and programmes in 2010:

  • Emergency Medical Technician/Ambulance Training
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
  • Home-Based Care
  • Driving Courses (Advanced)
  • Blood Drives/Collection
  • Home Nursing
  • Health Clinics
  • Haemodialysis Service
  • Drug Abuse Programme
  • HIV/AIDs Awareness
  • Support to patients in hospital
  • Cadets Programme
  • Youth Leaders Programme

St John Malaysia has 111 ambulances that are available to respond to emergency calls nationally and also offers a patient transfer service.

Secondary school children are required to join a uniformed organisation so St John is very popular in schools.

Links with other organisations

St John Malaysia is also involved in overseeing health clinics in Szechuan province, China.

Contact Details 

St John Malaysia
National Headquarters
No. 41, Jalan Shelley
55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 00 603 9285 1576