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The Dr Wu Lien-Teh 5th Annual Public Lecture

The 5th Dr Wu Lien-Teh Annual Public Lecture was held amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic on 15th March 2020, and three days before the National Movement Control Order came into effect! Out of the 82 registrations, 49 (including the organizing committee) attended the public lecture at Penang Institute. All sat sparingly in a hall with 150 seats adhering to social distancing and using hand sanitizers readily available within the venue compound. Some wore masks and persons with symptoms were discouraged to attend the lecture. The lecture was broadcast live via Facebook page of Penang Institute, and attended by 10 viewers. Light refreshments were cancelled too!

Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, a renowned health activist, Consultant Respiratory Physician and former Member of Parliament, was our invited speaker this year, on “Health for All: Challenges and Opportunities”. He spoke passionately on the challenges and shared his perspectives through the proposed solutions and opportunities emerging from the present society and younger generations. There were 5 challenges identified: (1) inadequate health budget allocation, (2) naive belief in market-based solutions for health financing, (3) misdirection by World Bank on health financing, (4) failure to identify the real issues fueling disparity in wealth distribution, and (5) failure of progressives to present a believable alternative for common good.

For those who are interested to view the recorded lecture, please visit the Facebook page.

We thank the Penang Institute to co-organize this public lecture together with the Society.

The reporting of the Annual Public Lecture was covered by local Chinese Newspaper Sin Chew Daily and Guang Ming Daily.

Silent Battle: Modern Epidemics and Legacy of Dr Wu Lien-Teh

A public seminar organised by the Centre for Chinese Studies and World History Club, Tunku Abdul Rahman University (UTAR) on 7th March 2020, Heritage Hall, UTAR.

Dr Henry Chong Ren Jie (庄仁杰博士) from Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies gave a succinct history account on Dr Wu Lien Teh (伍连德:医生与社会) in Chinese language for the morning session, while Dr Hor Chee Peng from the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang delivered a talk on Dr Wu’s legacy and life journey (Dr Wu Lien-Teh: Plague Fighter! When the West met the East!) in English Language for the afternoon session!

The crowd also received a brief updates on the current COVID19 epidemic, individual and community prevention! No hand shake! Hand hygiene! Cough etiquette! Don’t panic! Don’t spread fake news! And of course, some reflections on how Dr Wu’s effort in combating plague more than 110 years ago in Northern Manchurian became relevant for modern epidemics!

Cancellation of 13th NCCR and Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards 2020

This is the sixth year of establishment of Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards in partnership with Institute for Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health, Malaysia! We regret to inform that this year National Conference for Clinical Research is cancelled due to the evolving COVID19 epidemic, so does the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards!

Looking forwards to your participation and support for 2021!

Celebrating Dr Wu Lien-Teh’s 140th Birthday: Tea Party at Penang Institute


10th March 2019 marked the 140th birthday anniversary for Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the eminent son of Penang! The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang led by Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal, organized a casual tea party with members and friends of the Society at Penang Institute. Dr Wu’s bronze stature has been relocated to the Wu Lien-Teh corner in Penang Institute, with a hut built from recycled materials. It was a great afternoon gathering among friends, exchanging ideas and plans for future activities in promoting this legendary figure! While his scientific contribution were overwhelming, much of his works for social justice requires attention and revitalization!

The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards at Annual Malaysian National Conference for Clinical Research 2015-2018

In collaboration with the Clinical Research Centre (CRC) Network from the Ministry of Health, the inaugural Dr Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards were established and incorporated into the annual National Conference for Clinical Research in 2015. This initiative is to honour Dr. Wu’s work and to inspire the new and future generations to conduct research matters to mankind. The awards worth a total of RM 2350.00 annually and will continue for five years. There are two components to the Awards, the Young Investigators Award and the Research Poster Award.

From TV Documentary, Symposium, Giant Wall Mural Painting, First Day Covers to Inflight Magazine, everyone is talking about Dr. Wu Lien-Teh

From 8TV Channel Malaysia: Footprints in History  (9 March 2018)

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GEORGE TOWN: The local mural art scene now has an extra attraction along Madras Lane here, where the historical Hu Yew Seah buildings are located.

Depicting the legendary Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore and the Penangite plague fighter Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the mural adorns the facade of SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah – one of the four buildings.

Measuring 12m in height and 18cm wide, the colourful mural commemorates the legacy of the two men, who helped lay the foundation for the buildings.

Alison Chong, the great-grandniece of Dr Wu and vice-president of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, was among those who attended the launching ceremony on Saturday.


“I find that the use of colours really brings him to life.

“Hopefully, when tourists come to take photographs of the mural, they will also learn more about their legacy,” she said.

The launch of the mural, which took artist Gabriel Pitcher about 80 hours to complete, also coincided with Dr Wu’s 129th birth anniversary.

“It was difficult as the only reference photographs of them were in black and white,” said Pitcher.

School vice-president Tan Hun Chin said he wanted to have the mural painted after learning from Think City chairman Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal that the men had laid the first two foundation stones for SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah.

Dr Anwar said Tagore and Dr Wu were kindred spirits in the fight against colonialism and had championed indigenous cultures.

“Tagore, as an Indian, fought for cultures to retain their identities despite being colonised by foreign powers.

“Dr Wu battled the opium trade and racial discrimination.

“That is why Tagore was asked to lay the foundation stone for one of the Hu Yew Seah buildings in 1927 and Dr Wu did the same for the next one about a year later,” he said.

Founded in 1914, Hu Yew Seah – also known as the League of Helping Hands – was originally set up to give Chinese education to the Straits Chinese (Baba Nyonya).

Tagore, the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, helped shape the thoughts of world leaders with his poems and writing while Dr Wu was celebrated as the “Plague Fighter” after saving masses in north-eastern China from a pneumonic plague in 1910.

Dr Wu was also the first Malayan nominee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1935.


The 4th Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Memorial Lecture on “Virology in the Jungle: Pay Attention to What Matters to Local Communities” by Professor Mary Jane Cardosa, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Sentinext Therapeutics

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Lecture Programme

Date: 10th March 2018 (Saturday)

Venue: Penang Institute, 10, Jalan Brown, 10350 George Town, Penang Institute

15.30pm Registration of participants and speakers
15.45pm Arrival of distinguished guests
16.00pm Welcome by Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, President of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
16.10pm Speech by Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, Director of the Penang Institute
16.20pm The 4th Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Memorial Lecture on “Virology in the Jungle: Pay Attention to What Matters to Local Communities” by Professor Mary Jane Cardosa, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Sentinext TherapeuticsModerator: Dr. Hor Chee Peng, Secretary-General, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
17.30pm Closing remarks by Dato’ (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, President of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society
17.40pm Adjourn for light refreshments 

Please register your participation by 2nd March 2018 via google form (preferred) (

OR email the following details to (participant names, telephone number, email address, organization)

Deadline for registration: 5th March 2018

Admission to the Annual Public Lecture is free. Light refreshments will be provided.


Mural paintings to commemorate Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore

Mural paintings to commemorate Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore

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These murals are to commemorate the contributions of Dr Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore – two prominent figures who were responsible for the establishment of Hu Yew Seah Association in Penang.

Hu Yew Seah Association runs a Chinese-language kindergarten, Tadika Hu Yew Seah, and the Hu Yew Seah Board of Managers operates the Chinese vernacular primary school, SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah, which is aligned with the original objective of the association as an institution of learning.

The painting of the commemorative murals of Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore was spearheaded by the Hu Yew Seah Association in collaboration with Think City, Wu Lien-Teh society, Penang Gandhi Peace Centre, Ming Art and CanCan Public Art.

The suggested size of the painting is 20′ x 10′. The figures of these two men will be painted on the wall of the main building of SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah.

“Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, laid the first foundation stone of Hu Yew Seah building on 14 August 1927 during one of his voyages to Malaysia.

“Dr. Wu Lien-Teh, the internationally-renowned “Plague Fighter” who stopped the Manchurian pneumonic plague and brought modern medicine to China, laid the second foundation stone on 25 December 1938,” said Datuk Dr. Anwar Fazal who’s Think City Sdn. Bhd chairman.


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