Article contributed by Anusha Gopala Krishnan, Officer, Safer Malaysia Committee, and photos by Mohd Fazli Rosman, Administrative Assistant, Bar Council
In light of the tremendous rise in crime rates, the Bar Council Secretariat organised self-defence training for its staff members. The training, conducted as part of the Bar Council Safer Malaysia Committee’s programmes, aimed to raise staff members’ awareness on crime prevention and provide useful personal safety tips.
Staff members were divided into three groups and the sessions were held on 2, 4 and 8 Sept 2014 at the Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium, Straits Trading Building. The trainer was Eddie Lim, a martial arts practitioner and also the founder of Youth World Development Sdn Bhd.
Eddie believes that physical confrontation should be avoided at all cost and one should always try to escape as opposed to putting up a fight. He emphasised the importance of staying alert at all times and putting on a confident front to avoid appearing as an easy target.
Later on, Eddie shared several handy self-defence techniques, such as using car keys and pens to protect themselves from potential attackers. Following that, the participants were paired up and given time to practise the techniques. At the end of each session, Eddie reiterated that violence should always be the last resort.
The training proved to be a success as it was highly interactive, and suffice to say every participant learnt a great deal from it.