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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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The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Global Symposium 23 & 24 July 2016

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.

Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Statue at Penang Institute




Wu Family Reunion in Penang 2016
Wu Family Reunion in Penang 2016
visit to Dr. Wu Lien Teh's Parents tombs at Mt. Erskine
visit to Dr. Wu Lien Teh’s Parents tombs at Mt. Erskine
State Dinner at St. Giles Wembley Hotel
State Dinner at St. Giles Wembley Hotel


Chinese Medical Association: Commemorating 100th Anniversary of CMA Founding by Dr. Wu Lien-Teh “纪念中华医学会百年华诞–中华医学会、北京大学人民医院联合举办“伍连德专题报告会”



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Prof Cheng Guangsheng
Prof Cheng Guangsheng

(中华医学信息导报记者 雍伟哲) 2月15日,中华医学会和北京大学人民医院在北京联合举办了“伍连德专题报告会”。今年适逢中华医学会成立100周年,学会决定开展一系列活动加以纪念,本次报告会就是系列活动之一。全国人大常委会副委员长、中华医学会会长陈竺院士,中华医学会领导班子成员和干部职工代表,中华医学会各专科分会的主任委员、秘书长以及来自北京医学会、北京大学人民医院的医务界代表200余人参加报告会。原中国微生物学会秘书长、中国微生物学发展史研究专家程光胜教授,我国著名免疫学家和医学教育家、原中华医学会副会长、原《中华医学杂志》总编辑、浙江大学医学院名誉院长巴德年院士,中华医学会肝病学分会委员兼秘书、青年委员会副主任委员,北京大学肝病研究所副所长、北京市丙型肝炎及肝病免疫治疗重点实验室副主任陈红松研究员在大会上作报告。


陈竺会长在报告会上致词说,1915年2月5日,伍连德、颜福庆、刁信德等21人在上海集会,宣告中华医学会成立。虽然成立当日留下的史料非常有限,但这丝毫不影响1915年2月5日对医学会广大会员的重要意义,因为正是从这天起奠基者们开启了中华医学会与人民福祉、国家前途同呼吸、共命运的世纪历程。而开启这一历程最重要的代表人物之一就是伍连德博士。他开创了中国现代医学史上众多第一,梁启超先生回顾晚清到民国50年历史时曾说:“科学输入垂50年,国中能以学者资格与世界相见者,伍星联博士一人而已!” 在伍连德的身上,充分体现了那一代中国优秀知识分子对国家、对民众、对事业的担当、奉献和情怀。


程光胜教授在大会报告中,以翔实的史料和珍贵的图片介绍了伍连德对中国医学发展的贡献。程光胜教授是伍连德自传《鼠疫斗士》的翻译者,20余年来倾力搜寻、整理有关伍连德的资料,访问伍连德的亲属、故人。他在报告中回顾了伍连德的生平以及伍连德在创办和发展中华医学会、东北抗疫、收回我国海港检疫主权、创建中国现代医院和现代医学教育、为中国医学史研究奠基等事业中的卓越贡献。报告通过娓娓道来的讲述和一帧帧历史图片,将听者带回到遥远的晚清、民国时代,令听者仿佛身历东北抗击鼠疫的惨烈和悲壮、中国现代医学和教育事业起步的艰辛和不挠、一代医学先贤为谋求中国医学事业自强自立的勇毅和执着。报告将伍连德的精神遗产总结为4点:爱国主义落实到行动,奉献精神讲求效率,科学求实 ,独立思考。


陈红松研究员在报告中介绍了伍连德博士创立北京中央医院(今北京大学人民医院前身)的过程。陈红松介绍说,中央医院是伍连德先生创办的20多所医院中的第一所,是由中国人自己筹资建设和管理的第一所西医综合医院。在建院过程中,伍连德亲力亲为,不辞辛苦,多方筹款,争取政府支持,在医院的建筑格局上坚持“构法期适中国之用”的原则。伍连德为医院的建设倾注心血,他曾撰文《北京中央医院之缘起及规划》,刊于《中华医学杂志》(1916年1—2卷),详细介绍了医院的筹建过程、设计理念、建筑规划。在文章最后伍连德提出了对医院的希冀:“……种种设备,期臻尽美尽善,以副模范名实。吾国各界热心公益者,颇不乏人,由京提倡于先,则各人士必克接踵于后,庶几医学昌明,可与列强并架矣。” 其中体现了伍连德在中国建立世界一流医院的梦想。在医院建成之后,伍连德等立下石碑,镌刻上“本仁恕博爱之怀 ,导聪明精微之智,敦廉洁醇良之行”的碑文,充分体现了医学的精神,今天已经成为北京大学人民医院的院训。


Wu Lien-Teh and China’s First Medical Research Institute

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

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

Plaque Fighter Dr Wu Lien-teh International Conference and Exhibition – Singapore

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
Time: 10am-6pm
Venue: Level 4, Chui Huay Lim Club
No 190 Keng Lee Road.

The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Symposium, Penang 2014

 Programme update (as of 03-March-2014)

 Saturday   8th March

Overseas Guest Arrivals

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
Tea break 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 1.00-1.10
Lunch 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.



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 Think City (www.


Please  email to:  wulientehsociety@gmail to obtain further information on participation.