Saturday, 30 April 2011

Sejarah Awal Pulau Pinang

Muhammad Haji Salleh, Editor. Sejarah Awal Pulau Pinang. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang. 2008. ISBN 978-983-861-356-9. Printed by Sinaran Bros Sdn Bhd. [Malay text]

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Other books by the same author:
Syarahan Perdana: Muhammad Haji Salleh, 1989. Puitika Sastera Melayu: Suatu Pertimbangan, ISBN 967-942-157-0

Points to ponder in Sejarah Awal Pulau Pinang:
  1. What ethnic groups existed in Malaya?
  2. Who came to Malaya before Independence?

Page 88, footnote 75
Terdapat juga pendatang dari India Utara yang disebut Benggali. [...] hampir semua kumpulan etnolinguistik dari India terdapat di Malaya. Antara kumpulan etnolinguistik India yang terdapat di Malaya pada tahun 1921 hingga 1957 ialah orang India Selatan (Tamil, Telugu, Malayali dan lain-lain), orang India Utara (Sikh, Punjabi, Pathan, Benggali, Gujarati, Mahratta, Sindhi, Rajput, Marwari dan Parsi) dan kumpulan orang India yang lain.

Pada awal abad ke-20, orang India di Pulau Pinang juga terdiri daripada dua kategori lain iaitu askar/sepoi yang dihantar untuk berkhidmat di Negeri-Negeri Selat dan banduan yang didatangkan dari Bangkahulu selepas Perjanjian Inggeris Belanda pada tahun 1824.

Askar dan banduan ini sudah pasti tidak terdiridaripada satu kumpulan etnolinguistik sahaja.

Kumpulan banduan ini juga mempercepatkan kadar pertumbuhan Jawi Peranakan apabila mereka mengambil keputusan menetap di Pulau Pinang selepas mendapat keampunan daripada kerajaan India.


Analysis of the footnote above is given below.

Composition of Indians who came to Malaya. This composition is by etnolinguistic (ie by their spoken languages) and also for what they were hired in the British Army.

South Indians
Tamil - the founders of Masjid Kapitan Keling in Penang are forefathers of the Merican doctors

North Indians
Sikh - non Muslim?
Punjabi - [Yasmin Begum Mokhtar Ahmad's ancestors]
Pathan - Sir Dr Kamil Ariff's ancestors
Benggali - Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Shaik Ismail Ballah's ancestors who arrived in Singapore
Sindhi - Dr Che Lah Md Joonos' ancestors in Butterworth who relocated to Kg Dodol, Jalan Perak
Parsi - non Muslim?

Soldiers (sepoy) - mixed etnolinguistic
Convicts - mixed etnolinguistic

  1. Two other groups which are not mentioned are launderers (dhobi) and tailors (tukang jahit). The tailors served in the British Army and made uniforms. The other group washed dirty clothes and linen.
  2. The sepoy category has sub-categories just like in the army today.
  3. I will try and match the various etnolinguistic groups to the doctors' families but only for the ones I know and have been informed. You can read about them when the proposed book is published.
  4. I was told that the Parsi group are non Muslim but are sun worshipers?  True? False?

Lung Cancer in Malaysia

I've picked out the salient points and listed them here for public interest and for my present research and writing, and maybe later for my IT contract research. I've written the points in appraisal form so you can see what's lacking in health & disease statistics wrt lung cancer in Malaysia.

Published review:

Dr Hooi Lai Ngoh
- comprehensive national population-based cancer registry 
- it is the leading cause of cancer death in Malaysia
- one of the most common cancers in Malaysia
- there were 38,836 cancer admissions to government hospitals in 1998 [ie 15 MOH hospitals excluding district hospitals]
- lung cancer was the commonest cause of cancer admission among adult males [which means we don't have to worry about adult females getting lung cancer]
Cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung is listed as the leading cause of cancer death in Malaysia  [affected is the respiratory system and 3 major sites - the trachea, bronchus and lungs; can try pull out images from Radiology PACS and collate that with Pathology biopsy slides with all the different stainings; can also do height, body mass, BMI and other parameters on the patients physical attributes (anthropometry); then do Artificial Intelligence (AI) for selecting young smokers and work on their potential for lung cancer and get them on treatment earlier before cancer goes to a non reversible stage and cancer death becomes real; may have to co-plan for psychology and counseling for hard core young smokers]
- mortality rate is 2.48 per 100,000 population in 1999 based on deaths in government hospitals [should at least mention how many govt hospitals were used for the statistical analysis; with 10 years data prior to 1999 should be able to project data for next 10 years (1999-2010) and compare that to real mortality rate for 2010; can also do projection for the next 10 years (2010-2020)]
- lung cancer ranked fifth in males with a prevalence of 7.7 per 100,000 [ignore females for now; what are the 4 major killers in males?]
- lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis and low survival rate [the more reason to ban smoking in Malaysia. It is banned in USM Health Campus.]
- household community survey [what advice did the researchers give the smokers among family members? Among those smokers who were advised, how many did actually heed medical advice and totally quit? Was quiting ever surveyed? If not why not?]

Selected References:
  1. Ministry of Health Malaysia.  Discharge rate and mortality rate in government hospitals per 100,000 population.  In: Malaysia’s Health 2000; Appendix 4: 293.
  2. Ministry of Health Malaysia.  Cancer control.  In:  Annual report 1999; 132.
  3. Ministry of Health Malaysia.  Mortality rate of malignant neoplasm/cancer per 100,000 population, Malaysia, 1999.  In: Indicators for monitoring and evaluation of strategy for health for all by the year 2000; Health Indicator No. 3.10, 2001; 78.
  4. Lim KG.  Cancers.  In: A review of diseases in Malaysia.  2nd edition 2001; 7: 79 – 85.
  5. Norhayati O, et al.  Cancer statistics, HUSM 1985 – 1992.  Mal J Pathol 1994; 16: 103 (abstract No. P10).
  6. Penang State Health Department.  Penang Cancer Registry 1996 statistical report.
  7. Ismail Y, Zulkifli A, Zainol H.  Lung cancer in Kelantan.  Med J Malaysia 1990; 45: 220 – 4.

A Review of Diseases in Malaysia

Lim Kean Ghee, A Review of Diseases in Malaysia. 2001, Second edition. 456 pp. ISBN 983-40800-0-X. (RM80). Published by Lim Kean Ghee, 5, Upper Museum Road, Taiping 34000, Malaysia. E-mail:

Dr Lim Kean Ghee is a consultant surgeon in private practice. He had previously served in the Ministry of Health (MOH) hospitals as medical officer and consultant surgeon.

The book is a compilation of diseases in Malaysia. It is a good resource since it covers most diseases and gives citations. Most of the information is not easily obtained elsewhere and often inaccessible to researchers.

The Preface gives an important message to all doctors who wish to practise in Malaysia. It reminds us that our medical textbooks are mostly written by doctors in Britain and United States whilst we try to apply such texts in our Malaysian context. While the diseases are similar the disease severity and pattern of disease spread are often dissimilar. Thus, our management of the same diseases cannot be similar and cannot be verbatim from such textbooks.

A second message in the Preface is prior research data of a locality would serve as basis for further research. Thus, this book captures prior research data for that purpose.

A third message in the Preface is for medical students to use the book to familiarise themselves with data for local diseases since they will rejoin and serve the Malaysian community upon graduation.

A fourth message in the Preface is for non medicos (including lawyers, researchers, etc) who need to quickly refresh themselves on knowledge of Malaysian diseases which we don't find in medical textbooks written by the West.

Reviews of the book are available online:

Singapore Medical Journal:
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(12) : 1101

Malaysian Family Physician:
Malaysian Family Physician 2006; Volume 1, Number 1, page 45

Medical Journal of Malaysia:
Reviewed by Akhtar Qureshi, International Medical University
Med J Malaysia Vol 57 No 2 June 2002

I actually bought this book because this was exactly what I needed for research and writing. I needed past health & disease data to verify disease patterns and spread in order to account for the high number of deaths resulting from malaria prior to, during and after the Japanese war. The postwar period up till Merdeka also recorded many deaths from malaria among the Malay families so far under study. I am a bit upset about our past health and disease statistics and accounts by families as in none of the narratives by the families have they mentioned quinine which we know the Malay people use for malaria. I am most concerned about malaria since I grew up in Malaysia after the Independence when malaria was the number one killer before heart disease superseded it. We had to use mosquito nets at night and also use ubat nyamuk made from cow dung to fumigate our bedrooms at night. So bad was the situation with malaria that I also had a classmate who died of malaria in 1972 in Malacca. We were 14. Measures to destroy the Anopheles mosquito breeding grounds were stepped up and malaria was then well-controlled. Malaria is non existent in Malaysia today. Even Gua Musang in Kelantan has ceased to report any malaria cases - the last being in the early 1980s. When I worked with Hospital USM Diagnostic Labs in 1983-5 I didn't hear of any malaria cases. Researchers from outside Malaysia still come to want to do "malaria research" in Malaysia when malaria has been non existent for so long now. The last group of "mosquito researchers" was an Australian group that came to our Routine Lab in Chemical Pathology in 1994 to try and determine serum electrolytes for malaria cases when they hoped to get such cases from Gua Musang but the entire research came to nought! Haven't they read about Malaysia before coming? They should read this book then.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Identification of the Common Anophelines of Malai and Thailand

Taken from

Dr AA Sandosham was the Officer-in-charge of the Bogyaku Kenkyu Shitsu. He wrote Malaria in Malai, A handbook for antimalaria students. It was published by the Syonan Tokubetu-Si and was printed by Messrs GH Kist & Co, Ltd, Singapore. 2605 (Lee 2005:102).

1. Lee, Edmund JD. To Sail Uncharted Seas. 2005. National University of Singapore. ISBN 981-4138-33-9.


Identification of the common anopheles of Malai and Thailand [1945]

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat

by AA Sandosham

Bogyaku Kenkyu Shitsu. Booki-Ka, Syonan Tokubetu-Si. Published by the Syonan TokubetuSi. Printed by Messrs. G. H. Kiat & Co., Ltd., Syonan.


More information on malaria can be found here:

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Committee of Penang Festival ’86. Well-Known Persons. In: Historical Personalities of Penang 1986

Committee of Penang Festival ’86. Well-Known Persons. In: Historical Personalities of Penang. Phoenix Press Sdn Bhd, Penang. 1986. Pp. 173-179.

Faridah Abdul Rashid

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Inter Library. Loan, PHT Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 10:25 AM
To: faridah 
Artikel yang dimohon seperti berikut telah diproses.

1) City Council of Georgetown, Penang. Penang Past and Present, 1786-1963. 1966. Ganesh Printing Works. 17 pp.

2) Committee of Penang Festival ’86. Well-Known Persons. In: Historical Personalities of Penang. Phoenix Press Sdn Bhd, Penang. 1986. Pp. 173-179.

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Inter Library. Loan, PHT Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM
To: faridah 

Artikel yang bertajuk "Committee of Penang Festival" telah diperolehi. Prof boleh datang mengambilnya di PHT mulai hari ini.

Terima Kasih

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Tel: 09-7671468 Faks: 09-7651823

Faridah Abdul Rashid  Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM
To: "Inter Library. Loan, PHT"

InsyaAllah, saya datang sekejap lagi.

Prof Faridah

2011/4/25 Inter Library. Loan, PHT <>

"Well-Known Personalities" 1986, Penang

Dr Haji Abdullah Ghani bin Mohamed (born 1906) - Senior Health Officer, Penang and Province Wellesley. Committee Member, Penang Malay Association.

Habib Marican Noordin, J.P.

Allen Dennys & Co in Beach Street, Penang
Hamid Khan - teacher at Penang Free School for 30 years. PFS was in George Town before a new school was built in Green Lane and has since remained.
Mr RA Hogan - lawyer in 1970s. Hogan Road is named after him. ***** Hu Shih Min - Second and last Kapitan China of Penang. Dr Hutton - Only registered doctor in Penang in 1805. Hutton Lane was named in his honour. ***** Pak Itam - A contemporary of Syed Shaik Alhadi.
M Puteh bte Hassan M? Why use 'Bte' for a male? Should be M Puteh bin Hassan M.
Shaik Mohamed Shaffe bin Shaik Mohamed (born 1892) - Secretary of the Crescent Star Sports Club. Prominent in sports, athletics and football (soccer). ***** Shaik Tahir Jalaludin - astrologer and theologian. Teacher and imam in Masjidil Haram in Makkah (the grand mosque in Makkah). Father of Tan Sri Hamdan Tahir, former Vice Chancellor of USM. **** Shaik Zakaria Basheer Omar - religious teacher, first Mufti and founder of Almashoor (first religious school in Penang)
K. Sultan Merican - teacher, publisher, Islamic activator, journal "Islamic Voice of Malaya". Isn't this the father of Tan Sri Ismail Merican, 13th DG MOH Malaysia (who recently retired)?
Syed Shaik Alhadi - writer and reformist. Started Arabic School on Tek Soon Street, Penang. This is the grandfather of Dr Syed Mohamed Alhady. ****** Captain Syed Salleh Alsagoff (1880-1959) was a captain in Penang Volunteer Researve, Malay Company and Kelantan Field Force. Involved in the Tok Jenggid Rebellion at Kelantan. I think it should be Tok Janggut (i.e., referring to his beard). ****** There's a photo of Tok Janggut being hung upside down in the WWII Museum in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. It is humiliating to see a pious Muslim dressed only in his loin cloth (pants) and hung upside down. The present belief is it was not Tok Janggut but someone else who took his place. Tok Janggut was never hung. Salah macam mana pun kita tak akan gantung orang Islam macam tu, iaitu upside down.
Thessin Salleh Layu - Malay Surveyor of Ceylon Malay origin
External link

The Malays by Anthony Milner (2008)

Anthony Milner, The Malays (2008)

Faridah Abdul Rashid

chapters 5 and 6
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Wan Emilin Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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Salam Wan Emilin,

TQ untuk segera hantar Chapter 1, saya amat gembira dapat membacanya hari ini.

Saya ingin tahu adakah kita boleh mendapatkan bab-bab yang lain?

Saya tahu ada versi 2010 yang sudah keluar. Boleh ke dapatkan Front Matter nya?


Prof Faridah

2010/10/18 Wan Emilin <>

Prof. Faridah,
Dilampirkan artikel dari Wiley Online Library seperti yang diminta.
Chapter 1. Thinking about ‘the Malays’ and ‘Malayness’
Anthony Milner Visiting Professor
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Monday, 25 April 2011

Muslims in Malaya: Annual Report of United Islamic Association

Information contributed by Izrin Muaz bin Md Adnan, CenPRIS, USM, Penang
Received Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Annual Report of United Islamic Association

Reference source:
Straits Times
26 August 1924, p. 12.


From Izrin Muaz:
  1. I think it reveals quite a bit about the social role of Muslim doctors in Islamic propagation in early 20th century Malaya.  
  2. There is mention of Dr HS Moonshi and Dr Shaik Ibrahim.

    Saturday, 23 April 2011

    Singapore Hospitals

    This article was contributed by Dr Mohamed Tahir Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore
    Revised version was received on 23 April 2011


    Dr Mohamed Tahir Ahmad Ibrahim
    Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    When I was in medical school some hospitals in Singapore tended to be named after roads.  There was Outram Road General Hospital (ORGH), and Thomson Road Gen Hospital (TRGH).  There were also other hospitals, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (in Jalan Tan Tock Seng), and Alexandra Hospital (in Alexandra Road), and of course Kandang Kerbau Hospital.  The hospital entrance is from Hampshire Road, but it is in a kerbau area for Buffalo Road is nearby. So is Kerbau Road.  Our local lembu must have reminded the British of Hampshire cows.

    The Singapore General Hospital (also used to be called Outram Road Gen Hospital) was known as "see pai poh" to the Chinese.  It means Sepoy Plains, and the hospital area used to be the garrison for the Sepoy Soldiers of the British.  There was also Outram Road Prison nearby, but it had been demolished by the time I was a student.  Till today when I want to refer Chinese patients to Singapore Gen Hospital, I have to say "see pai poh".  All the local Chinese, young or old will know what it is, as well as the taxi drivers of whatever race. ORGH was renamed Singapore General Hospital in 1981 when the Prime Minister (Lee Kwan Yew) officially opened the new SGH, in Outram Road.  The hospital is Singapore’s oldest and largest hospital.  It is located along Outram Road, and is along the central expressway.  It is in the heart of a medical hub kown as Outram Campus (comprising several medical institutions including the Health Promotion Board and Health Sciences authority). Along the boundary of one side of the complex is College Road.  The Ministry of Health is presently situated in a building at 16 College Road.  It used to house the Medical Faculty of the University of Singapore when I was a student.  At that time  it felt like an ancient building (which it was).  It had the old type of lifts where you had to manually open and close the lift gates.  It was an imposing building with tall rounded columns and motifs over the huge front doors.  Prior to this it housed the King Edward VII College of Medicine.  The building was extensively renovated and revamped internally before the Ministry of Health headquarters took over the building.  The external part of the building was fortunately largely preserved. The Building actually faces the Singapore General Hospital.

    There might be some confusion regarding the term KE VII.  The medical college used to be called KE  VII College of Medicine in the old days but when I was in the University of Singapore for my basic MBBS, KE Hall was the term for the University student's quarters. The predecessor of KE Hall was the Federated Malay States Hostel built in 1916.  It is a 4-storey building overlooking the Singapore General Hospital. The "Hall" tended to move wherever and whenever the University moved to a new location. Presently it is in Kent Ridge, where the University of Singapore and its medical faculty is housed.

    The old KKMH where I used to work was demolished and it now has a spanking new building in the same vicinity.  It is divided into two Sections, the Women's tower and the Children's called KK Women's hospital and KK Children's hospital.  The KK is just that (two letters) and Kandang Kerbau is not articulated in full anymore.

    Thomson Road General Hospital was later renamed Toa Payoh Hospital (to identify with a newly built satellite town it serviced).  It later merged with the old Changi Hospital in Netheravon Road in Changi village, and became known as the Changi General Hospital in 1998.

    Alexandra hospital was formerly the British Military Hospital.

    Thursday, 21 April 2011

    Malay Medicine & Settlements in Singapore

    In the field of medicine and health Malay medicine is slowly giving way to modern medicine but there still persists a fear of hospital treatment and operation.

    In February 1960 the Government announced a scheme whereby all Malay students who are either born in Singapore or are children of Singapore citizens will receive free education in the schools, the Singapore Polytechnic and the University of Singapore or Malaya [Singapore Annual Report, 1960, p. 228].

    There are no Malay reservations in Singapore as in the States of Malaya but there are Malay Settlements in which temporary occupation licences (TOL) for the occupation of land are given to persons of Malay parentage who habitually speak the Malay language, profess the Muslim religion and conform to Malay customs. The occupation of the land and houses in such Settlements are restricted to Malays. 

    The existing Malay Settlement are at Jalan Eunos, at West Coast Road, at Sembawang and at Kampong Pahang, Pulau Tekong Besar [Rules for the Occupation of Land in the Malay Settlement at Jalan Eunos (G. N. No. 1236/57); The Occupation of Land (Malay Settlement, West Coast Road) Rules, 1957, (G. N. No. 2344/57); The Occupation of Land (Malay Settlement, Sembawang) Rules, 1960, (G. N. No. 1809 of 1960); Special Conditions for the Occupation of Land in the Kampong Pahang Settlement, Pulau Tekong Besar (G. N. No. 2525 of 1953)]

    Ahmad bin Mohamed Ibrahim, M.A., LL.D.,
    State Advocate-General
    Malayan Law Journal Ltd
    The Legal Status of The Muslims in Singapore
    USM Call No: (DS 599.42) M9A286

    to    faridah
    date    Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    Control Number    0000111040
    CLASS NUMBER    DS599.42
    CALL NUMBER    DS599.42.M9 A286
    AUTHOR    Ahmad Ibrahim
    TITLE    The legal status of the Muslims in Singapore
    PUBLISHER INFORMATION    : Malayan Law Journal, Singapore, 1965.
    NOTES    a-si--- by Ahmad bin Mohamed Ibrahim 75 p. ; 25 cm. Juga dalam Koleksi Malaysiana Bibliography: p. 73-75
    SUBJECT    Muslims -- Singapore

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    Buku-buku tersebut telah sampai dan boleh mengambilnya di PHT mulai hari ini.

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    Permohonan buku berikut telah diproses.

    Title: The legal status of the muslims in singapore

    Call No: DS599.42 M9A286

    Author: Ahmad Ibrahim

    Accession: 425071

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    Wednesday, 20 April 2011

    Japan and Japanese

    The Japanese used ships to trade with the rest of Asia. The Japanese ships (like this one below of 1634) look similar to the Portuguese galleon, Flor de la Mar (Flower of the Sea).

    Picture of Japan thanks to Moroboshi from Wikimedia Commons and Ookaboo!

    The Japanese are religious people and there are about 100,000 Shinto shrines (as shown below) in Japan.

    Picture of Japan thanks to :ja:user:663highland and Ookaboo!

    A Japanese monk waits on in Arashiyama, Kyoto.

    Picture of Japan thanks to Marubatsu from Wikimedia Commons and Ookaboo!

    Emperor Akhito and Empress Michiko.

    Picture of Japan thanks to Stefan_Kühn from Wikimedia Commons and Ookaboo!

    Tuesday, 19 April 2011

    Centennial Dinners 2005

    The NUS Centennial Dinner was held on 2 July 2005.

    The Centennial Medical Dinner 1905-2005 for the Medical Faculty was held in the Istana Grounds (President 's official residence) and the guest of honour was Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who was the "Minister Mentor". There was a commemorative book, The Centennial Medical Dinner 1905-2005 (2005) published by NUS. The commemorative publication had two chapters - "Looking Back in Wonder" and "Looking Ahead". - Dr Mohamed Tahir Ahmad Ibrahim (Singapore) Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Commemorative book, The Centennial Medical Dinner 1905-2005 (2005) published by NUS

    80th Reunion & Gala Dinner 29 Nov 2003

    Alumni Association of the KE VII College of Medicine
    Universities of Malaya and Singapore
    29 November 2003

    Here are four names which I picked up from a noticeboard in the lobby at Marriott Putrajaya:

    Tan Sri Abdul Majid
    Tan Sri Dr Abu Bakar
    Tan Sri Raja Ahmad Nordin
    Dr Amir Abbas

    Author's notes written in Marriott Putrajaya, 29 Nov 2003

    Here are 2 names I have with me:

    Teo Choo Soo
    Director, NUS,  Office of Alumni Relations
    20 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119080
    Tel: (65) 6874 6336
    Fax: (65) 6774 0757

    Teo Choo Soo
    Senior Consultant
    Dept of Preventive Dentistry
    Faculty of Dentistry
    National University Hospital
    5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074
    Tel: (65) 6772 4986
    Fax: (65) 6778 5742

    William Chew Loy Soong

    Sunday, 17 April 2011

    Profil Tokoh-tokoh Gemilang Universiti Malaya 1999

    UM Canseleri complex, 2009
    Book title:
    Profil Tokoh-Tokoh Gemilang Universiti Malaya. 1999. Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. 114 pages. Hardcover. Call No.: M LG396 P964 1999

    This book gives the biography of the following individuals (arranged alphabetically and without salutations):
    1. Tun Dato' Seri Dr Haji Hamdan Sheikh Tahir
    2. Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad
    3. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
    4. Abdul Majid Ismail
    5. Abdullah Mohd Salleh
    6. Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad
    7. Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid
    8. Ali Abul Hassan Sulaiman
    9. Aminuddin Baki
    10. Asiah Abu Samah
    11. Asmah Hj Omar
    12. Awang Had Salleh
    13. Bujang Mohammed Nor
    14. Dol Ramli
    15. Elyas Omar
    16. Lloyd Fernando
    17. Hamzah Sendut
    18. Hanif Omar
    19. Clifford F Herbert
    20. Ismail Hussein
    21. Khalidah Adibah Amin
    22. Khoo Kay Kim
    23. Lamin Haji Mohd Yunus
    24. Shirley Lim Geok Lin
    25. Ronald Stephen McCoy
    26. Mohd Kamal Hassan
    27. Mohamed Taib Osman
    28. Muhammad Haji Salleh
    29. Murad Mohd Noor
    30. Musa Hitam
    31. Ramon V Navaratnam
    32. Augustine Ong Soon Hock
    33. James Ongkili
    34. Othman Yeop Abdullah
    35. K Pathmanaban
    36. Rafidah Aziz
    37. Razali Ismail
    38. Salma Ismail
    39. Siew Nim Chee
    40. Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali
    41. Syed Husin Ali
    42. Tajuddin Ramli
    43. Tan Chee Khoon
    44. Tan Wan Seng
    45. Thong Yaw Hong
    46. Ungku Abdul Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid
    47. Ungku Omar Ungku Ahmad
    48. Wang Gungwu
    49. Zakiah Hanum Abdul Hamid
    50. Zuraina Majid
    The names highlighted above are doctors. The following five doctor-names below will appear in TEMD, insyaAllah:
    1. Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad
    2. Abdul Majid Ismail
    3. Salma Ismail
    4. Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali
    5. Ungku Omar Ungku Ahmad

    Profil Tokoh-tokoh Gemilang Universiti Malaya 1999

    Re: Cari buku
    Noraida Hassan     Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM
    To: Faridah Abdul Rashid
    Cc: asmak , hairani


    Prof. Faridah,

    Untuk makluman, buku yang dikehendaki baru siap diproses dan masih di Bahagian Teknikal. Apabila mendapat makluman En. Affandi datang mencari buku tersebut, staf saya bergegas ke kaunter untuk memberikannya tetapi En. Affandi sudah tiada di PHT.

    Buku tersebut boleh didapati dengan Cik Nor Hairani Abd Rashid, ext : 1448. Kami mohon maaf atas kesulitan yang dihadapi.

    Terima kasih.

        Noraida Hassan
        Pen. Pustakawan Kanan
        Bahagian Perolehan
        Perpustakaan Hamdan Tahir
        USM Kampus Kesihatan
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        Fax : 09-7651823

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Faridah Abdul Rashid"
    To: "Noraida Hassan"
    Cc: "Affandi Hussein"
    Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 2:50:49 PM
    Subject: Re: Cari buku - Studies in Malaysian and Singapore History 2010


    Tadi suami saya pergi kat ILL kaunter nak ambil buku tapi staf situ kata tak de?
    "Profil Tokoh-tokoh Gemilang Universiti Malaya"

    Prof Faridah
    2011/4/6 Noraida Hassan


    Untuk makluman, buku ini tiada di PHT atau perpustakaan USM cawangan lain. Hasil semakan saya dapati ianya ada di UKM.

    Saya juga ingin maklumkan yang buku Profil Tokoh-tokoh Gemilang Universiti Malaya telah sampai di PHT dan akan diproses. Saya akan maklumkan apabila ia boleh dipinjam nanti.


        Noraida Hassan
        Pen. Pustakawan Kanan
        Bahagian Perolehan
        Perpustakaan Hamdan Tahir
        USM Kampus Kesihatan
        Tel : 09-7671466
        Fax : 09-7651823

        ----- Original Message -----
        From: "Faridah Abdul Rashid"
        To: "Noraida Hassan"
        Sent: Monday, April 4, 2011 8:08:10 PM GMT
        Subject: Cari buku - Studies in Malaysian and Singapore History 2010

        Assalamu'alaikissalam Puan Noraida,

        Saya ingin tahu sama ada PHT ada tak buku ini:
        Studies in Malaysian and Singapore history
        by Bruce McFarland Lockhart; Tse Siang Lim; Mubin Sheppard;


        Prof Faridah
        Professor Dr Faridah Abdul Rashid
        Dept of Chemical Pathology
        School of Medical Sciences
        Universiti Sains Malaysia
        16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Malaysia
        Tel: +609-767 6484
        Fax: +609-765 3370
        To do good is not only our greatest duty, but should be our greatest interest.
        It's a small world after all!

    Saturday, 16 April 2011

    MBBS U Singapore 1969, 1970, 1971

    MBBS U Singapore 1969
    Medora Firdos
    Mohamad Yusof bin Mohamad Said
    Saleha binti Johari

    MBBS U Singapore 1970
    Ho Tak Ming
    Khalid bin Hassan (Pasir Mas, Kelantan)

    MBBS U Singapore 1971
    Ghazali bin Ismail
    Jammal Ahmad bin Essa
    Mohamed Tahir bin Ahmad
    Zaehariah Sarama Daisy

    Lee, Edmund JD, editor. 2005. To Sail Uncharted Seas. Published by the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore. ISBN 981-4138-33-9

    The Ancient Mariner (blog)

    "I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" - Jimmy Dean

    It was from the Ancient Mariner's blog that I came to know about the first MB Negeri Sembilan. I wrote in his blog but he didn't reply. I came to know that his home address was PJ. Since he lived in PJ, I contacted Norman Noordin, a friend, to see if he lived close by the Ancient Mariner. Still couldn't contact the Ancient Mariner. 

    Back in Kelantan, there was a couple who said they new the MB. I visited and talked to them. The story was very confusing because I had many names and they were not connected but in tangles. But I managed to call a lady who gave me a lead to the youngest daughter of that MB. I contacted Datin Halimah and we agreed to meet. She drove me to Seremban and we met her two male cousins and also visited Galeri Jasa in Gedung Lalang in Ampangan.

    I am grateful that the Ancient Mariner posted re the MB or else I wouldn't be able to write the chapter on Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Said bin Mohamed.

    I visited his blog again tonight (16 April 2011, 11 pm) to check the url. The Ancient Mariner or Captain Muhammad Yusof bin Haji Ahmad had passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19 July 2009. Innalillah hi wa inna ilai hi rajiun.

    Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Said's two illustrious children are his only son Dr Mohd Yusof and his youngest daughter Datin Halimah.

    Dr Mohd Yusof bin Mohamed Said (MBBS U of Singapore 1970) is a retired plastic surgeon.
    Datin Halimah Mohd Said had previously taught Linguistics at the University of Malaya before she retired in 2001 and joined IBHR Sdn Bhd for a while. Datin Halimah is a heritage enthusiast and writer. Together with Zainab Abdul Majid, she co-authored the book, Images of the Jawi Peranakan of Penang (2004). She is presently a magazine journalist and writes for the Malaysian Airlines Systems' (MAS) in-flight magazine, Going Places, and the historical travel magazine, Heritage Asia

    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Penang - Past and Present 1786-1963

    from: Inter Library. Loan, PHT
    to: faridah
    date: Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 1:22 PM
    subject: Buku (ruj. 10114)

    Buku yang dimohon seperti berikut telah diproses.

    Title: Penang past and present, 1786-1963 : a historical account of the City of George Town since 1786
    Call No: DS598.P39 P397
    Publisher: City Council of George Town, Penang, 1966.
    Accession: 00000162414

    Penang Past and Present 1786-1963. A Historical account of the city of George Town since 1786. Published by the City Council of George Town, Penang. 1966.

    Just an old book...

    This 1966 book contains the 177-year history of Penang from 1786 to 1963. This period covers 3 phases - (i) 70 years before the British under Francis Light acquired Penang, (ii) 101-year colonial rule by the British  and (iii) 6 years post-Merdeka. There are important photos and dates which can be added to the Milestones of TEMD. The book that I received is an old photocopied version and the photos are not clear.

    Useful information, landmarks & pics:

    Ayer Itam Dam - Plaque at the Ayer Itam Dam

    Plaque at the Ayer Itam Dam, Penang. This dam was constructed in 1958-1962.

    Pengkalan Tun Uda (P.P.C. Ferry Terminal) - Gateway to the City
    P.P.C. = Penang Port Commission

    Pengkalan Tun Uda (P.P.C. Ferry Terminal)
    With my family at Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda, circa 1960s. I'm the little girl at left facing the camera.

    Chapter IX - Reconstruction of The Broken Past
    - has Dr K. Mohd Ariff listed among the names

    Unveiling of the Statue of Captain Francis Light, 1939
    - from the collection of Captain Mohd Nor bin Mohamed, PJK, ED, JP

    A black statue of Francis Light unveiled in Penang
    Statue of Sir Francis Light in Penang. Photo by Penang Museum

    Trade depression, 1922
    Author's note:
    According to Kamaruddin bin Captain Md Nor, Dr Che Lah’s grandfather, Shaik Ahmad was from Hyderabad near Darjeeling, Deccan in India. In 1800s, Shaik Ahmad came to Malaya with the British Army. Shaik Ahmad was either a dhobi or tailor in the British Army. In Malaya, Shaik Ahmad married Puan Hajar of Butterworth and they had six children (three sons and three daughters) – Hamidah Bee, Jan Bee, Mohd Joonos, Mohd Ali, Mariam and Captain Md Nor. Captain Md Nor bin Shaik Ahmad has sons named Kamarudin and Samsudin, by his third wife. A contributor to this research mentioned that there was possibly another man in Penang who was also named Captain Md Nor. This remains unresolved at the time of writing.
    Source: The Early Malay Doctors: Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos. 3 April 2012, 11:54:40 PM, 22nd draft     

    page 72
    Illicit manufacture of ice-cream was a source of typhoid in 1940, and ice-cream was confiscated. Ice-cream was stamped out in 1948.

    Latest census (1957)
    Malays 26,757
    Chinese 171,245
    Indians 32,029
    Others 4,872
    Total: 234,903

    page 71
    Census of 1931 during Dr Glass' period:


    Dr GW Park
    - organised a Health Dept (undated)
    - opened a Maternity Hospital in 1915
    - retired in 1917

    Dr Rose
    - succeeded Dr GW Park till 1927 
    - died in 1927
    - dealt with epidemics of 1918-19 (after WWI)

    - the aftermath of WWI was influenza, smallpox and plague
    - first case of influenza in July 1918 & another in Oct 1918 (3 mo apart, same year)
    - others: bubonic plague, smallpox and malaria

    Chapter VII - The Problem of Health

    Mr W Peel
    - WWI Municipal President, 1913

    page 57
    Modes of transportation
    private carriage - most numerous in 1906, last registered 1954
    Hackney carriage - nil of note
    gharry - used for various periods beginning 1895-1917; 1920; 1931; 1932; 1934; last used 1935

    page 53
    Electricity and the electric tram
    - the Commissioners made the first journey on the electric tram on 23 December 1905

    page 52
    Kerr Stuart's Penang Steam Tramways Ltd
    - was put up for sale by auction in May 1900 but there were no bidders
    - its assets were then bought by the govt (not by the Municipality in 1901
    - tram service was resumed but at a loss
    - the govt gave notice to discontinue tram service in July 1903
    - Author's note: Prof Kerr of the English Dept, University of Hong Kong, is looking for his relatives

    Mr JW Hallifax
    - came to be regarded as the town's guiding spirit
    - was part of a 3-member Municipal Commission (other 2 were LH Clayton & AR Adams)

    Mr LH Clayton
    - he, JW Hallifax and AR Adams were part of a 3-member MC
    - Mr Clayton left the Colony in June (1906?)
    - Author's note: Muzium Kelantan is looking for a "Clayton" wrt 2 photo albums that were donated to the Kelantan Sultan after the 1914/15 annual flood after which he returned to England. The 2 albums are now with Muzium Kelantan.

    Trams started in Penang in 1906

    page 46
    Electricity supply in Penang
    - first electricity supply to Penang on 14 July 1904 (41 arc lamps in public streets, 15 private homes, supplied at night only)
    - continuous electricity supply by 1 January 1905
    - continuous electricity supply was channelled to 188 (Dec 1905) and 336 (Dec 1908) private users
    - policy of replacement - issued in 1909 to replace oil lamps with electricity
    - ceiling fans were first used in 1907 through 1924; and then 1925-1928 fans were ubiquitous (everywhere)
    - punkah
    - punkah puller ended 1925

    Captain Mohd Nor bin Mohamed PJK, ED, JP
    - President of Penang Historical Society
    - Re-convened (1961)
    - Re-organised (Nov 1961)
    - Re-convened (Sept 1963)
    - Committee 1964/1965
    - Editorial Board (1963- 1965)
    - Unveiling of the Statue of Captain Francis Light, 1939
    - Author's note: There seems to be 2 people named Captain Mohd Nor who lived in Penang. One is related to me, the other is not. The Capt Mohd Nor that I know married 3 wives and had 15 children. The last 2 wives were sisters but he married them one after the other after the elder sister died (salin tikar). Capt Mohd Nor's son Kamaruddin (in PJ), I was told, has a large collection of old family photos.

    Introduction by Captain Mohd Nor bin Mohamed

    Tuan Haji Shamsuddin bin Mohd Joonos (bin Raboo), JP
    - 1957 Committee

    Malay School
    - Map XVII (grid C5, D5, and E4)
    - Malay School is in Jalan Kampong Melayo, Penang
    - Jalan Kampong Melayo links 2 roads - Ayer Itam Road and Jalan Kampong Pisang
    - the Agriculture Dept is also in the same road but nearer to Jalan Kampong Pisang
    - Ayer Itam Road becomes Penang Hill Railway Road which leads to Penang Hill

    Penang Free School (PFS)
    - Map VII (grid A1, B1)
    - The more recent PFS is in Green Lane. The older PFS was in George Town (it is now the Penang Museum).
    - The road behind the Green Lane school ground is Free School Road (grid B1-4)

    Old Penang Free School in George Town, before the more recent one was built in Green Lane (below).
    PFS in Green Lane
    PFS in Green Lane during heavy traffic

    Penang Hill
    - Map XVII (grid A1, B1-3)

    With my siblings at Penang Hill ground station, early 1960s. I'm 2nd from right, facing the camera.

    Penang Chinese Girls' High School 
    - Map X (grid F5)
    - Penang Chinese Girls' High School is in Gottlieb Road

    St John Ambulance, PCGHS, 1980s. Tulip Che Lah is seated 4th from left.

    Ludin's House (Kudin's house? Is Ludin, Kudin?)
    - Map VIII (grid D4)

    Marine Depot & Jetty
    - Map VIII (grid E3-5)
    - Marine Depot was in Calthrope Road (grid E3-4)
    - Author's note: They had Akuarium Negara here once but that had closed down. It is now the TLD (Tentera Laut DiRaja) base in Penang.

    With my family at Akuarium Negara, Penang, 1974/75. I'm 4th from right.

    Malayan Teachers College (MTC)
    - Map VIII (grid D3)
    - MTC is in Glugor Road (now renamed Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah)
    - MTC is sited on Coombe Hill. MTC is still there. 
    - Author's note: RECSAM is also there.

    Radio Malaya Transmission Station
    - Map VIII (grid E2) 
    Photo  from Penang Museum
    Photo from Penang Museum

    Telecoms Transmission Station
    - Map VIII (grid E2) 

    Dr Che Lah's bungalows
    - Map VIII (grid E2-3, F2)
    - his 2 bungalows would in this area on the side of the 2 transmission towers
    - his first bungalow is in Glugor Road (house is still there)
    - his second bungalow (demolished around 1976) would be in Jalan Buah Manggis, with a large rambutan farm between this road and Jalan Rambutan 

    At Dr Che Lah's first bungalow in Glugor Road, 1962/63. I'm standing at right most.
    Dr Che Lah's second bungalow near the rambutan plantation in Glugor, later demolished after 1976

    Kampong Dodol
    - Map VII (grid A5)
    - the mosque in grid 4A is Masjid Wanchee Ariffin
    - Kampong Dodol is in Perak Road (now Jalan Perak) 

    Masjid Wanchee Ariffin
    - Map VII (grid 4A)
    - Masjid Wanchee Ariffin is in Jalan Perak in Kampong Dodol 

    Masjid Haji Hashim Yahaya
    - Map VI (grid 4G)
    - Masjid Haji Hashim Yahaya is in Jalan Perak and is surrounded by a large Muslim burial ground, roughly broken into 3 sections - the largest section has the Pejabat Pengurusan Perkuburan and Makam Dato' Keramat. The other 2 sections are across the road from the mosque and are divided into 2 by a small lane. 

    Masjid Haji Hashim Yahaya, Jalan Perak, Penang

    Methodist Boys' School (MBS)
    - Map VI (grid F1)
    - MBS is in Ayer Itam Road. The MBS was previously the Anglo-Chinese School, Penang (ACSP).
    - Author's note: Among those who attended the ACSP were Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos and Tok Chu.

    MBS from my car window

    Penang General Hospital
    - Map VI (grid D3)
    - Penang GH is bordered by Hospital Road, Residency Road, Western Road and Gaol Road 
    Penang GH with cenotaph in the parking lot between Block A (the big building) and the director's complex  (pink building, not shown in this pic)
    Nurses Quarters
    - Map VI (grid C3, D3)
    - Nurses Quarters bldg is bordered by Residency Road, Hospital Road, Tull Road and Barrack Road 

    Nurses Hostel
    - Map VI (grid C3)
    - Nurses Hostel is in Residency Road and across the road from Penang GH. It is near the Maternity Hospital.

    Nurses Hostel, Penang

    St Georges Girls' School (SGGS)
    - Map VI (grid B2)
    - SGGS is in Macalister Road and nearest Residency Road Girls' School and the Maternity Hospital 

    Residency Road Girls' School (RRGS)
    - Map VI (grid B3, C3)
    - RRGS is in Residency Road and nearest the Maternity Hospital and Nurses Hostel 

    Residency Road Girls' School, Penang

    Maternity Hospital, Penang

    Signboard to the Nursing College, Penang (the college is straight ahead down the road)

    Polo Grounds 
    - Map VI (grid C1-2, D1-2)
    - Polo Grounds is bordered by Sepoy Lines Road on 2 sides, Western Road and Residency Road 

    Padang Polo, Penang
    The Residency
    - Map VI (grid D1-2)
    - The Residency is the residence of the head of state or Penang Governors
    - The Residence is in Western Road

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