There are few organisations , if any , in the world with traditions so inspiring and with ideals so noble as the Order of St. John . Although the origin of the Order dates back as early as the Sixth Century, it was only in 1877 that the St. Ambulance Association was properly formed and re-organised. First Aid work was taken up with much enthusiasm , especially by miners, policemen and railwaymen that in 1879 the Association introduced a system of Re-Examination.
In order to put to practical use in everyday life and in any national emergency the first aid knowledge and to bring together to work in unison those who had obtained certificates , the St. John Ambulance Brigade was formed in 1887.
The St. John Ambulance Brigade , which is now regarded necessary unit of civil life, is continuing to increase rapidly all over the Commonwealth . It may be interesting to recall that the First War Services of the St. John Ambulance was during the South African and Chinese wars in 1899 and 1902 when more than two thousand members went to the theatre of war, seventy of them laying down their lives in carrying on their work.
It is another story today . The activities of the St. John Ambulance Association and Brigade had spread to a far wider field than ever before. It reached the shores of Malaya in 1908 . And it was in Perak that it took hold and gained fame.