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  • Brainchild of our Commander-in-Chief of the St. John Ambulance of Malaysia, Y.Bhg Dato’ Dr. Low Bin Tick.
  • Dr. Lee Hoo Teong Regional Commander of Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur) was appointed as the Chairman to oversee the setting up of the department with the help of Wilayah Regional Officer Mr. Lee Wing Kwong, Mr. Michael Yeow and Klang Area Commander Mr. Burnard Yeoh.
  • Four ambulances were donated by various corporate companies and organizations. Two ambulances are stationed in Klang’s Headquarters and two ambulances are stationed in Wilayah Persekutuan’s Headquarters.


  • In September 1998, the Emergency Ambulance Service in Wilayah Persekutuan was fully operated with employed of four full time staff to run the 24 hrs service and volunteers helping out during the weekend. Later, the department have 9 full time staff ( 6 EMT and 2 BFA)
  • A control centre was built to run the operation at National Headquarters. The building was donated by Y.B. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri A.P. Arumugam (SJAM Wilayah President) and officiate by Health Minister Y.B. Dato’ Chua Jui Meng on the 14th January 1999.
  • The name Emergency Medical Assistance Service (EMAS) was chosen to replace the original Emergency Ambulance Service. “EMAS” in malay language simply means gold, here, the emphasis is given to the importance of the Golden Hour in the field of pre-hospital emergency care.
  • The department is also proud to be the 1st Emergency Ambulance Service to achieve the ISO 9002 on the 1st September 2000.
  • With the commitments and efforts putting on the EMAS project by all the parties, the department, EMAS Wilayah  Persekutuan (EMAS WP) has become the well-known pre-hospital emergency care provider in the region of Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Klang, in fact, in the country, who provide quality and professional pre-hospital care.


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