Mural paintings to commemorate Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and Rabindranath Tagore
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.
The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium 23 & 24 July, 2016
Speech by Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng
At The Opening Ceremony of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium on 23rd July 2016
Penang is proud to be the home state of numerous historical greats of the country, namely P Ramlee, Malaysia’s greatest filmmaker, Loh Boon Siew, the pioneer in the automotive industry in Malaysia, Yeap Chor Ee, the banking magnate and last but not least, Dr Wu Lien-Teh, the internationally acclaimed doctor and plague fighter.
Ladies and gentleman,
Dr Wu Lien-Teh was a highly respected epidemiologist and doctor. His unyielding passion and determination as doctor together with strong perseverance have remained an inspiration for generations. His life story and heroic achievement had made all of us proud.
During his early career in Penang in early 1900’s, he was an enthusiastic activist in a myriad of contemporary social issues, ranging from advocating elementary education for girls, forming debating and literary clubs, to writing articles in newspaper calling for abolition of gambling and spirit farms. He established the Anti-Opium Association in Penang and organized the first Anti-Opium Conference in Straits Settlement to advocate banning of opium trade at times.
He was later invited to China, where he fought a challenging battle of the Machurian plague. His formulation of public health policies and institution of control measures were met with violent resistance. These measures were compulsory hospitalization of plague victims, contacts isolation, homes disinfection and people were encouraged to wear the “Dr Wu’s mask” which were uncommon practice at times in China.
He also conducted the first ever mass cremation of corpses in Chinese history which strongly against the tenets of Confucianism that venerated filial piety and ancestor worship in the past. This had led to not only saving thousands of lives by halting the epidemics.
Becoming world-famous for his outstanding achievement had never affected his innate modesty. He returned to Malaya during the turbulence time of Second World War, and continued to practice medicine in Ipoh until the ripe age of 80, before retiring in Penang.
The Dr Wu Lien-The Society was initiated in 2012 as a result of a Penang Story Lecture on Dr Wu which was organized by Think City, Penang Heritage Trust and the Old Frees Association. Led by the Founding President, Dato’ Anwar Fazal, together with support from representatives from the Old Frees Association, Penang Medical College, Harbin Medical University, Penang Institute, Penang Heritage Trust, as well as Think City and Penang Global Tourism, this initiative aims to promote this Penang-born legendary figure and to inspire the present and future generations. Since its inception, the Society has now grown its network to include several reputable institutions namely, the Malaysian National Clinical Research Centre Networks, United Nation University- International Institute for Global Health and the newly established Wu Lien-Teh Institute in Harbin, China.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The State government has been keen to support initiatives of the Society since the first Commemorative Symposium in 2014 through this 2nd Commemorative Global Symposium at Penang Institute, and the dinner tonight at the St Giles Wembley Hotel.
I am pleased to be here to witness the ceremony of signing of Memorandum of Understanding between the Society and United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health. The MOU addresses collaborative joint hosting of an annual public lecture on topic of contemporary global health importance, named as “The Dr Wu Lien-Teh Lecture”, from selecting a distinguished speaker to organizing the event. Additionally, both parties may collaborate on other initiatives related to global health importance.
It is also my pleasure to launch the first reprint of 1000 copies of the pictorial book of “Memories of Dr Wu Lien-Teh, Plague Fighter” in Penang by local publisher, Areca Books. The first edition was printed in Singapore in 1995 and out of stock. This current project received generous funding supports from Dato’ Cheah Cheng Hye, a Penang-born successful entrepreneur in Hong Kong, together with supports from the Dr Wu’s families and the Society.
The relocation and placement of Dr Wu Lien-Teh bust at Penang Institute signifies the recognition by the State Government for Dr Wu’s altruism and extra-ordinary contributions in making a difference for all.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Today, we are all here together to celebrate and honour the life of a Penang-born medical scientist who set the standard for generations of doctors to follow, and who nearly brought back a prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It is great to see a reunion of more than 30 of the family members attending this event, including the 93-year old granddaugther, Madame Tai Ai Luen. I am very confident that Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society will continue to promote the legacy of this Penang-born iconic legend. I am proud to announce the opening of the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium and wish you a fruitful meeting among all of you.
For more details of the symposium, here is the link to the file:
Dr. Wu Lien-Teh and China’s First Medical Research Institute: The North Manchurian Plague Prevention Service, 1912–1931 Commemorating the international medical legacy of Penang-born Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Time & Date: 4pm, Sunday, 1 June 2014 Venue: Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja (Church Street) Speaker: David Luesink, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh Co-organised by Penang Heritage Trust and Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society Supported by Penang Medical College and Ren i Tang Abstract The north Manchurian plague of 1910 to 1911 is one of modern China’s most well-known medical events. Extensively celebrated in Chinese and English popular and scholarly literature, Wu Lien-teh and his small team of scientists effectively protected Qing (1910–1911) and Republican Chinese sovereignty at a time when China was extremely weak internationally. But protecting sovereignty with medical science does not constitute the whole story, nor should the story end in 1911. After successfully stopping plague in North China, Wu Lien-teh hosted an international conference in Harbin, which had been the epicenter of the plague, to demonstrate his success to leading bacteriologists from all imperialist powers with an interest in commerce, sovereignty, and the spread of disease in Northeast Asia, including Russia, Japan, Britain, France and the United States. Consolidating the growing international prestige of the plague research in Harbin, Wu Lien-teh established China’s first medical research institute. At a time when medical research institutes of this type were relatively new, this institute conducted important, if controversial, research on plague and its vectors of infection. This presentation will refocus attention away from the headlines of 1910–1911 and onto the daily work of scientists and some of the controversies they solved and created over several decades. About the speaker David Luesink is visiting assistant Professor in East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University in Indianapolis, and before that obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. As a History Department doctoral student David Luesink was awarded two prizes for 2009–2010, namely, the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship administered by the Canadian Association of Asian Studies; and the Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Institute for Modern History. He is the author of a chapter published in an edited volume: ‘The History of Chinese Medicine: Empires, Transnationalism and Medicine in China, 1908–1937,’ in Iris Borowy, Uneasy Encounters: The Politics of Medicine and Health in China 1900–1937 (Frankfurt, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), 149–176. Limited spaces available, to RSVP, please email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Plaque Fighter Dr Wu Lien-teh
International Conference and Exhibition.Conference in English and Chinese.Date: Apr 5, 2014 Saturday
Time: 9am to 6pm
Venue: Level 2, Ballroom,
Chui Huay Lim Club.醉花林俱乐部
。No 190 Keng Lee RoadWeek-Long Exhibition
Date:Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 April 2014
Venue: Level 4, Chui Huay Lim Club
No 190 Keng Lee Road.
7.00pm: Welcoming Dinner by the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society and Dr. Wu Lien-Teh family reunion. (Venue: Bayview Hotel George Town, Premier Lounge 16th Floor)
Sunday 9th March
8:30am gather at Bayview Hotel lobby. 9.00am to 1.00pm: Tour-The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Historic Trail (include a visit to the Batu Gantong Columbarium to pay respect to Mr. & Mrs. Wu Lien-Teh). Lunch break at Penang Free School.
2:00 pm Unveiling of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh’s bronze bust and memorial at Penang Medical College, Sepoy Lines Road, Penang
3.30pm to 5.00pm: The Inaugural Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Lecture by Professor Dr. Anthony Capon, Director of the Institute of Global Health, United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Malaysia. (Venue: E&O Hotel)
7.30pm: Official State Government of Penang Dinner (Venue: E&O Hotel, New Annex – Fullerton Room). Dress Code: Formal or Batik suit
Monday 10th March
Bus pick-up from Bayview Hotel at 8:15am
8.30am to 2.00pm: International Symposium on Global Health Challenges-Infectious Diseases in the New Millennium. (Penang Medical College)
Arrival of guests and registration
8.30am – 9.00
Welcome address by President of PMC
9.00 – 9.15
Opening speech and officiating of the inaugural WLT symposium by the representative of the Minister of Health
9.15 – 9.30
Dr Alex K H Ooi – The Legacy of WLT
9.30 – 9.45
9.45 – 10.15
Prof Stan Fenwick – a Short History of Animal-Associated Epidemics Zoonoses and human disease
10.15 – 11.30
Prof Richard Loh – Tuberculosis- Still a scourge of mankind
11.30 – 12.15pm
Professor Ooi Eng Eong – Dengue prevention and the elusive sustainable solution
12.15 – 1.00
Close of symposium
1.10 – 2pm
Note: Dr. Wu’s bust is placed at the Penang Medical College, Sepoy Lines Rd, NOT at the State Museum and Art Gallery in Macalister Rd as announced in the newspapers.
The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society, Penang (wulientehsociety.org)
Penang Institute (penanginstitute.org)
Penang Medical College (www.pmc.edu.my)
Institute of International Global Health, United Nations University (iigh.unu.edu)
Dr. Wu Lien-Teh (伍连德, Wu Liande, Gnoh Lean Tuck, Ng Leen-tuck, 1879 – 21 January 1960) was a Malayan-born Chinese and the first medical student of Chinese descent to study at University of Cambridge. Continue reading →
Celebrating the life of the man who brought modern medicine to China, who fought the Manchurian plague, and who set the standard for generations of doctors to follow. 伍连德博士 : 斗疫防治，推进医学 , 歌颂国士无双