One of the world's greatest humanitarian organisations - the International Red Cross - has operated in Malaya for many years as a branch of the British Red Cross.
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Background: One of the world's greatest humanitarian organisations - the International Red Cross - has operated in Malaya for many years as a branch of the British Red Cross. Now, with independence, the time has come for it to become a separate society. At a meeting in the Selangor State Chamber, the Prime Minister said that the British Red Cross would always be remembered with gratitude for sending nurses to new villages and kampongs at the height of the Emergency. The Vice President of the British society, the Countess of Limerick, who travelled specially to Malaya to hand over the society, said she hoped the Red Cross there would grow stronger with the passing years and maintain friendly contact with its British counterpart. Finance Minister, Sir Henry Lee, as Chairman, presented Lady Limerick with a Kelantan Silver tray as a token of gratitude for the work of the British Red Cross in Malaya.
The next day, on the Selangor Padang the countess, in a simple ceremony, presented a colour to the new Malayan Red Cross Society, to mark the transfer. As the Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Sultan of Selangor takes the salute, the new Malayan Red Cross moves forward in independence to continue its great work.