Why is there no Good Samaritan Law in Malaysia?

While finding out more about Good Samaritan Law, I found this article:

“Malaysia doesn’t have any Good Samaritan laws. These laws exist in certain countries to encourage bystanders to offer assistance in emergencies, by protecting them in the event of unintended injuries or death during the course of a rescue.

Malaysian Medical Association president Dr. N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said when encountering an injured victim, one should always seek help from a qualified medical professional. The only things you should do is apply pressure if there is profuse bleeding, or administer CPR if there is difficulty in breathing.”

Diffusion of responsibility

I was telling my sister how CPR could cause broken ribs. She wondered if helping someone in need could cause more trouble for the person and ourselves. Then I told her about the Good Samaritan law and was shocked to find that it’s not available in Malaysia.

Why isn’t there Good Samaritan Law in Malaysia? I think Good Samaritan Law should be the minimum standard. Countries should do better and introduce Duty To Rescue Law.

Must ask a doctor/nurse/lawyer/ politician when I meet one next.

 

Learning First Aid

For the longest time I attributed the passing of my Daddy to the negligence of doctors and the delay of ambulance service. And I wished I could have done more for him. I thought having all emergency number pasted on the fridge was enough. Or being home in case he needs me to send him to the hospital. But it wasn’t.

There were a lot of ‘If only’. If only I knew what to do when he had that fatal heart attack. If only I had joined St.John Ambulance like what he told me to instead of Girls Guide. If only I didn’t trust the doctor and get a second opinion. If only.

Doing CPR on a mannequin. As you can tell from my face, I took the course very seriously.

I can’t change the past, but I know that if it ever happen again to my love ones, I will be able to do something useful. So I finally I mustered enough courage to face my fear and took a first aid course over the weekend.

Now I am certified to give CPR, use the AED, and perform Heimlich Manoeuvre. It means that when someone stopped breathing, heart stop beating, and choked – I know what to do.

Here’s a one page note I made:

To-do

  • Monitor the health of my family and cook healthy food for them
  • Go to a refresher First Aid course every two years
  • Discuss with friends who are doctors/nurses about emergency health care
  • Invest in an A.E.D if someone in the family shows any sign of heart problems
  • Check the availability of A.E.D in hotels, malls, and other places I frequent
  • Put together a First Aid kit to place in the kitchen
  • Get direct number of ambulance services/fire fighter/police and paste it on the fridge (And understand that they may not be of much help)
  • Tell more people about the importance of First Aid

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Do you know that if someone stops breathing, he only has 4 to 10 minutes before he becomes brain dead? Chances are that the ambulance will not arrive in time. It is VERY important that CPR is administered immediately.

I’ll put together a list of places you can learn First Aid in KL soon. Please wait!

Strength & Stamina

There’s so many things that one wants in life. I’ve always wanted strength and stamina to do *all* things exciting.

Recently I see that people (around me) meet with diseases and death. That put things in perspective; I feel so lucky to just be alive and healthy (so far and hopefully for a long time).

I haven’t even been hospitalised or have to deal with any major sickness other than occasional fever/headache/flu. To lament that I cannot sleep less, lift heavy things, or be the last to pick up new physical skills is so petty.

So I shall appreciate whatever that is given to me and be thankful everyday that I can do things for myself and others, no matter how small or slow.

Live gently

“Every day, your body requires energy to survive, to think, to do well, to be happy. You don’t get infinite energy. One way to replenish energy is to sleep. The other way is to eat well and exercise. But another way to replenish energy is to live a gentle life. As gently as possible. Which means all negotiation need to be smooth else they result in anxiety and fear and guessing…future depletion of energy. And then you die faster than the one who lived gently. Try this. Next time you are in a negotiation, don’t forget to relax your face”

– James Altucher, The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

Happiness is…

When people enjoy my recipe and encouraged to eat better

Conducted a cooking demo and talk with McCormick & Malaysian Women’s Weekly at The Cooking House, Bangsar.

So glad to be able talk about MSG, umami and salt (things I’ve been reading and find absolute fascinating). Shared my favorite Jamu Tonic recipe too.

What a great way to spend my Saturday morning!

=:D

Your friends know you better

broga

We woke up at 3.30 am to catch the sunrise (that didn’t happen) at Broga Hill, Semenyih

“You look so happy with you apple” my friend remarked as I was enjoying the fruit my Sista offered me after a 1150 feet hike

“Yes I’m easily pleased” I said, probably with the fruit still in my mouth

Upon discovering how ridiculous I looked and sound, and that the statement is not entirely complete, I had to add

“But I’m difficult to impress”

“That’s good. It means that you have high standards but it doesn’t get in the way to your happiness”

“Hmm I never thought of it that way”

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“This is Sara. If she can, she’ll play all day. But then she’ll feel guilty” my friend introduced me to a new friend

“Hey! What kind of introduction is that?” I protested and upon quick reflection to the statement, I confessed

“Hmm he could be right”

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Sometimes you need your friends to tell you things you don’t know about yourself

Prevention 

“…when drugs are employed for therapy only after a disease has become fully developed, when [attempts at] restoring order are initiated only after disorder has fully developed, this is as if a well were dug when one is thirsty, and as if weapons were cast when the fight is on. Would this not be too late, too? ”
– Yellow Emperor’s Classic Medicine

From the sea and garden, to the table

 

From the sea and garden, to the table. We rarely realize the journey our food takes to be on our table. When we do, we’ll appreciate our meal more and hopefully try to make the journey shorter 

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Plucked some spring onions and sawtooth coriander to flavour fish bone broth. I’ve gotten a few plants from my aunt’s garden in Singapore. While I’ve been growing it for a while, it’s the first time I felt like I have enough to use some.

I hope they’ll grow vigorously so I can harvest it often. A little coriander can greatly enhance a dish, and it’s rich in vitamins too.

Whitewater rafting at Ulu Slim River

“What sports do you do?” someone once asked. When I said yoga and swimming, he said “Oh, you like mild and solitary sports”. Well, that’s kinda true. They really are the only sports that are more sustainable. You can do it daily if you want to. But lately, I’m having quite a bit of fun trying more extreme sports….like whitewater rafting!

We drove from Kuala Lumpur to Ulu Slim Perak for 5 hours of fun (and torture). First, about 15 of us were put at the back of a truck for 1/2 journey to the start of the river. Were wore our gears – helmet, life jacket and a paddle before getting into our inflatable boat. Then we spend the next 5 hours moving out body front, back, right and left of the boat!

Here’s some photos. Wait till I get my hands of those where we were on the boat 😀

More info: Whitewater Rafting in Malaysia