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.
Announcing the “Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards”
In 1915, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh co-founded the Chinese Medical Association which has become the largest medical association in the world with membership of half a million in China today. Dr. Wu went on to set-up more than 20 key medical institutions and laid a solid foundation for the modernization of public medical care in this populous nation.
To promote Dr. Wu’s medical legacy in public health, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society has decided to allocate a special fund to award and recognize students and scholars who excel in their medical researches annually. We would like to invite the press and the public to attend this event to remember this great son of Penang.
Time & Date: 10:30am, Sunday, 8 March 2015
Venue: Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja (Church Street), George Town
Enquiries：264-2631 or 016-4175258
10:30am Press Conference: Announcing the setting up of “Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Research Awards”
11:00am Documentary Film show: Dr. Wu Lien-Teh in China 1911-1937 – Medical foundations, the building of hospitals, the relentless advocacy of medical education and the regaining of China’s quarantine sovereignty.
12:15 pm Tea break and fellowship
01:30 pm End
Co-organised by Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society and Penang Heritage Trust
地点：槟城古迹信托会，26 Lebuh Gereja（义兴街26号）
询问电话：264-2631 或 016-4175258
上午11:00放映中文纪录片：1911年至1937年 – 伍连德博士在中国各地建设医院，不懈推广医疗教育和回收中国的检疫主权。
THE Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society is celebrating the legendary Malaysian plague fighter by sponsoring the Research Awards in the National Conference for Clinical Research.
The conference, which will be held in Penang from May 27 to 29, will see more than 400 scholars and practitioners from all around the world sharing their experience and medical knowledge.
Society chairman Datuk Dr Anwar Fazal said there would be two categories — Young Investigator Award and Best Poster Award.
“Dr Wu was the first Malaysian Chinese medical doctor to study at the University of Cambridge and the first Malaysian Chinese to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
“His birthday was on March 10 and to mark his birthday, we wanted to do something that would benefit others in the medical field,” he told a press conference at the Penang Heritage Trust in George Town on Sunday.
Dr Anwar said that RM2,350 had been allocated to be given away as the six prizes.
“Young medical practitioners can submit their research papers to stand a chance to win these awards,” he said.
He said the awards would go to Malaysian scholars and the deadline for submission was April 3.
“We need to mould more legends just like Dr Wu who gave so much for our nation and to the medical field,” he added.
（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。
|2015 Dr Wu Lien-Teh Lecture Healthy People, Healthy Communities and a Healthy Planet: A Personal JourneyBy Professor Trevor Hancock 17 February 2015 | 10 – 11.30 am | UKM Medical Centre Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur In conjunction with the Dr Wu Lien-Teh Society, the UNU International Institute for Global Health and the UKM Medical Faculty are proud to co-host the 2015 Dr Wu Lien-Teh Lecture.Dr Wu Lien-Teh (1879-1960) was a global medical icon. Born in Penang, Malaysia, Wu Lien-Teh was a student of the Penang Free School (one of the oldest English medium schools in the region) and later the first Malaysian and the top medical student at the University of Cambridge where he also obtained a PhD. Dr Wu was among the founders of The Anti-Opium Society and worked at the prestigious Institute of Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur where there is a gallery about his great pioneering work.
In 1910, Dr Wu moved to China where, in the north-east, he led the public health response to a major epidemic of pneumonic plague. Dr Wu’s heroic work controlled the epidemic which could have devastated China. He is now honoured as The Plague Fighter and there is a museum in the city of Harbin devoted to him. Dr Wu went on to establish many hospitals and medical schools in China. In 1932, he authored the classic History of Chinese Medicine. Dr Wu was the founding president of the Chinese Medical Association (1916-20). Dr Wu was nominated for the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1935, the first from Malaysia and the region. He returned to Malaysia in 1937 and lived in Ipoh for over two decades, continuing his medical and civic work. When he died in 1960 in Penang, The Times of London wrote “the world of medicine has lost a heroic and almost legendary figure”. In the British Medical Journal, Sir Philip Manson-Bahr stated the name of Dr Wu Lien-Teh “flashed forth as monument of devotion and courage”.
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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.
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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.
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|
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)
Penang Heritage Trust (www.pht. org. my)
Think City (www. thinkcity.com.my)
Please email to: wulientehsociety@gmail to obtain further information on participation.
“Remember Dr. Wu Lien-Teh” organised by Perak Academy
Date: Friday, 22 March 2013
Time: 8.00 – 10.00 pm
Venue: Conference Room, Ipoh Specialist Hospital (5th Floor)
- 20:00 – 20:10 : Introduction and sharing of experience at the Symposium on Dr. Wu Lien-Teh in Harbin
- 20:10 – 21:00 Dr. Wu Lien-Teh, a Malayan hero
- 21:00 – 22:00: Short film on Dr Wu Lien-Teh
@ RM5/= per person (inclusive of light refreshement)
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Date: Sunday, 10 March 2013
Venue: Penang Medical College Lecture Theatre, Jalan Sepoy Lines
Born in Penang on 10th of March 1879, Dr. Wu Lien-Teh had his early education at Penang Free School and became the first medical student from Malaya to study at University of Cambridge on Queen’s scholarship and was also the first ethnic Chinese nominated to receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine. He was vocal in the social issues of the time, founded the Anti-Opium Association in Penang and advocated cutting of the Manchu hair queue among the Malayan Chinese. In the winter of 1910, Dr. Wu was invited to Harbin in northeast China to investigate a plague pandemic which claimed more than 60,000 lives. His swift action to isolate infected victims and compulsory use of face-masks saved millions and he went on to introduce major medical reforms in China for the next two decades.
In 1937, Dr. Wu moved back to Malaya where he worked as a General Practitioner in Ipoh. Dr. Wu tirelessly collected donations to start the Perak Library in Ipoh and he was known to give free consultation and treatment to the poor. He died in Penang on 21st January 1960, aged 81. A road named after Dr. Wu can be found in Ipoh Garden South. In Penang, Taman Wu Lien Teh is located near the Penang Free School. A historical trail to follow the footpath of Dr. Wu Lien-Teh in Penang will be be conducted on 10th March 2013.
Dr. Wu Lien-Teh is regarded as the first person to modernise China’s medical services and medical education. University departments and hospital buildings in Harbin and Beijing are named after him and a museum dedicated to Dr. Wu with his bronze bust constantly reminds the people his great contributions in promoting public health, preventive medicine and medical education.
This commemorative event is a prelude to the “Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Symposium and Public Health Congress” scheduled to be held in Penang next year.
18 to 20 January 2013
Foreign Delegates Itinerary, Dr Wu Lien-Teh Commemorative Symposium
(held alongside 3rd Boreal Congress of Cardiology). Speaker’s CV attached.
18 Jan 2013 (Friday)
17:00-18:30 Dinner by Song Hua Jiang River
19:00-21:00 Tour Ice festival
19 Jan 2013 (Saturday)
08:30-09:00 Commemorative Symposium Opening Ceremony
09:00-09:30 Work & Life of Dr WLT in China (Ms ONG Lay Hong, Mediacorp Singapore)
09;30-10:00 Dr WLT’s life outside of China (Dato Dr Anwar FAZAL, U Science Penang)
10:00-10:30 Dr WLT Memorial Museum Report (Prof YANG Bao Feng, Chancellor, Harbin U)
10:30-11:00 Global Public Health: The Legacy of Dr Wu Lien-Teh
(Prof Boo Hoe KWA, U of South Florida)
11:00-11:30 Public Health and Preventive Measures in China
(Prof Dayi HU, Peking U People’s Hospital)
11:30-12:00 Dr Wu Lien-Teh, Plague Fighter: A Family Perspective
(Dr Shan Woo LIU, Instructor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
and great grand daughter of Dr WLT)
12:30-14:00 Lunch at “Old Chef” (a 4-generation restaurant with Dr WLT’s influence)
14:30-16:00 Tour Dr WLT Memorial Museum and Hospital, Central Street, Sophia Church, etc.
18:00-20:00 Gala Dinner at Shangrila Hotel
Address by Chairmen: Dr Alex K H Ooi & Mr Loke Gim Tay
Speeches: Heilongjiang Governor and Penang Chief Minister
20 Jan 2013 (Sun)
08:30-11:00 Foreign delegates fellowship
Heilongjiang, China – Penang, Malaysia dialogue (2014 event, etc)
11:00-12:00 Media Conference / Press Release / Lunch / Departures