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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!

扬名世界的槟城人-鼠疫斗士伍连德

“谁是伍连德?他是槟城首位杰出的华人医生,肩负医者的使 命,以大医精神,造福百姓;他也是马来亚华侨享誉国际医学认 可的第一人,国际认可的鼠疫斗士,东方现代医学界的翘楚;他更 是社会改革份子,展现他对马来亚社会的关怀与实践。近年来, 伍连德的贡献及其大医学的思想再度被世人提起,以激发我们 学习其无私无畏的精神和毅力。”

2019年第七期的嘉庚会讯向槟城伍连德约会邀稿,由学会秘书长何志平医生撰文,并有嘉庚会讯总编辑校稿,后出版。

嘉庚会讯电子档链接处(第28-31页): https://issuu.com/tkkfoundation/docs/______7______