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Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society & Malaysian Health Coalition

Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society Joining the Malaysian Health Coalition!

On 11 March 2020, our Society has officially joined the newly established Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC), as representative from the Civil Society Organization! Our President, Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal has also joined as a renowned individual to support the apolitical coalition! We are proud to be part of the 42 members of professional societies and 16 individuals in advocating Health for All for our Rakyat (the people of Malaysia)!

Led by Dr Khor Swee Kheng, MHC was established on 1 March with its ultimate aims dedicated to improving the health of Malaysians, strengthening the Malaysian health system, and supporting Health for All policies.

With the recent evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we have joined the MHC in issuing few joint statements, as co-signatories, to call for united actions in strengthening our health services and system, and empowering our Rakyat to fight against virus!

The joint statements are:

A More Coherent Government Response (20 March 2020)

Public Health for Non-Citizens (24 March 2020)

Holistic Measures Against COVID-19 (28 March 2020) [Bahasa Kebangsaan]

Strengthening Health Expertise in Government Decisions (2 April 2020)

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to Fight COVID-19 (5 April 2020)

Ensuring Adequate Numbers of Health Professionals (8 April 2020)

Additional Measures during MCO Phase 3 (11 April 2020)

There will be more joint statements in the future, which can be accessed from the home page of Malaysian Health Coalition.

Committee Members During Movement Control Order

What are we doing during Movement Control Order in Malaysia?

Today marks the 26th day of the Movement Control Order in Malaysia, to curb the epidemic. We have just learnt from the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that it will now be extended to Phase III from 15 until 28 April.

Before the MCO implementation, our infectivity rate (R0) of COVID-19 was 3.55, meaning one person infected another 3.55 persons. Based on the current trend, by 14 April, we might reach the R0 of 0.9, which means one infected person will potentially infect 0.9 person. It is a good sign! When everyone stays at home, there are less infections and the infectivity goes down.

We know it is not easy to undergo movement restriction for a prolonged period of time and the impact for the socio-economic development is huge for the society. But we need to continue our efforts in curbing the pandemic. We ought to change our lifestyles, the way we do things and the perspectives we set in mind.

With this, our committee members share their message and what they do at home or work, playing our roles as part of the wider community. Together, we have to stay strong and have a good fight!

#StayHomeSavesLives #StayHomeChallenges #UnityAgainstCOVID19


President and Founder

Dato’ (Dr) Anwar Fazal, an eminent health activist, intellect and thinker of all time! He continues to coordinate civil society works locally and internationally around this time.
Never Forget the Poor!” during this tough time.

Vice President

Ms Ooi Geok Ling, an energetic, charismatic lady! During MCO, her plants are given better care. She has also been doing Yoga using Zoom. She has been busy raising funds to get more personal protective equipment for frontliners, wherever there is shortage. How noble!

Vice President

Ms Alison Chong Nyuen Yin, great grandniece of Dr Wu Lien-Teh, an avid learner! Her dedication in mapping the family tree of Dr Wu yields success over the years. She is now planning a documentary on the Wu family.


Dr Hor Chee Peng, a clinician, never cease to be inspired by Dr Wu since the first day he came across Dr Wu! Apart from being a frontliner, he helps to coordinate hospital preparedness against COVID-19.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Practise Social Distancing

Assistant Secretary-General

Mdm Ong Siou Woon, a superb working mum! For her, it is the “best time to bond with your child now that you are stuck 24/7 together. She gets to upgrade her cooking skills and experience new menu. A simple luncheon, yet brings happiness and good health to family.

Staying at home positively is more important than ever. Find meaningful things to do and you’ll enjoy the time you spent at home during MCO”

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Clement Liang Chow Ming, a historian passionate about Penang history! He used to be busy traveling around giving lectures internationally and leading tour groups. Now, he has time “Tending to my private Zen garden“. How nice!

“Learning from Dr Wu Lien-Teh: Self isolation to save lives!

Committee Member

Mr Khoo Soo Hay, the senior most and founding member of the Committee! He wrote a beautiful poem on Dr Wu’s life journey, entitled “The Plague Fighter – A Brief Retrospect”.

When he was asked to give a piece of advice or message to reader of this website, look at his cheeky yet pragmatic response:
I am not a minister to give announcements my dear friend. However, for everyone’s sake, avoid unnecessary social and public contact during the MCO restrictions. Best to stay home with loved family members and pets!

Committee Member

Mr Quah Seng Sun, a prolific writer, an intellect and a historian! He owns a personal blog and writes anything under the sun.

On the 30th March, “What else but watch a documentary on Dr Wu Lien-Teh during the Movement Control Order?” from Astro.

Committee Member

Mr Ronald Quay Ong Guan, strong supporter from Kuala Lumpur! He travels up frequently to attend meetings, and gives inspiring lectures to first year medical students in Malaya University on Dr Wu.

Busy over nothing at home! But we convey our ribuan terima kasih to all our doctors, nurses and every medical personnel for their fantastic sacrifice to look after our fellow Malaysians who are afflicted by this deadly virus. Take care”

Committee Member

Mr Cheah Cheng Chua, a long-standing supporter for the Society, doing his works from home.

Hope the COVID-19 will be curtailed soon and everyone is safe!

Internal Auditor

Ms Chin Poh Chin, an avid volunteer who offers herself for good deeds! She was “lining up at Tesco carpark to replenish my food stock on Day-14 of MCO“. She also joined the Malaysian Dental Association (Northern Branch) to make face shields for frontliners in Penang General Hospital. Salute!

Don’t Lose Hope, Stay Stronger!

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!

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 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.


Buletin Mutiara

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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。