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Malaysia: Search-and-rescue NGO launches all-terrain ambulance


Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, which provides professional search and rescue operations, has launched the country’s first off-road ambulance.\r\nMalaysian Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association (MVFRA) founder and safety activist K Balasupramaniam said the specially-built vehicles are meant to overcome emergency situations, such as landslides and floods, among others.“This ambulance is mainly to deal with earthquakes, landslides       and floods. It can withstand the kind of terrain that ordinary ambulances would not be able to handle,” Balasupramaniam said, adding
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Malaysia: Malaysia Still Short of 900 Emergency Medicine Specialists


Malaysia is still short of 900 emergency medicine specialists to be able to meet the needs of increasing number of patients in the country, according to Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya. He said, at present, only 300 emergency medicine specialists are available nationwide.\r\n\"An average of 200 people apply each year to become emergency medicine specialists, but only 60 will be selected as only three public universities in the country - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaya and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - are offering the course.
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Malaysia: 51 Drivers Fined for Using Emergency Lane at North-South Expressway


Melaka: Fifty one drivers caught using the emergency lane at KM222 of the North-South Expressway in May were found guilty and imposed with a total fine of RM75,100 by the court.\r\nMelaka Road Transport Department (RTD) director Mohd Fadhil Hassan said all of them were fined up to RM 2,000 at the trial on July 18, July 27, Aug 1 and Aug 8 by the Alor Gajah Magistrate\'s Court near here.
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Malaysia: Health Ministry to Probe late, Ill-Equipped Ambulances


Kuala Lumpur: The Health Ministry believes recent cases where ambulances responded late or were ill-equipped, leading to two men dying, were “isolated cases” but say they warrant further investigation.\r\nThis comes after a viral post of an account claiming that a man in Subang Jaya died after an ambulance took 35-minutes to arrive, following an emergency call where he complained of chest pains and breathing difficulties.
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Malaysia: JPJ Continues Action against Emergency Lane Abusers


The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be ramping up enforcement against emergency lane abusers, according to a report in The Sun. The department is also continuing its zero tolerance policy against queue jumpers in heavy traffic, said JPJ enforcement director Datuk Valluvan Veloo.\r\n“We are also welcoming public feedback. In fact, complaints on emergency lane offenders are close to 80% for the total number of public complaints on traffic matters that we have received in the past few months,” he said. Operations included static and mobile JPJ patrol teams at four locations – the Kesas Highway, Elite Highway, Federal Highw
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