Thursday, 30 June 2011

My whereabouts

I hope to be in Penang and KL in July 2011. You can meet up with me.

Date: 3-5 July 2011
State: Penang
Venue: Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (4 July only - One day seminar on e-learning)
Time: 9am-5pm at Dewan Budaya USM; after hours down at Ferringhi beach pasar malam

Date: 5-8 July 2011
State: Wilayah KL
Venue: Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur & PWTC
Time: 5 July @5pm onward at Legend Hotel; 6-8 July at PWTC (Majlis Profesor Negara)

Prof Faridah

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

From VI website

Malay Doctors, 1940s-1950s

This Powerpoint presentation contains photos of Malay Doctors of the 1940s-1950s including many VI Old Boys. If you can identify them, please contact:

Prof Faridah Abdul Rashid
Department of Chemical Pathology
School of Medical Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Kubang Kerian, Kelantan
H/P: 012-963-2218
USM: 09-767-6484

Prof Faridah would like to know if anyone has the contacts for these doctors/ families or photos of them:
1) Dr Megat Khas bin Megat Omar (KE VII 1931)
2) Dr Sulaiman bin Mohd Attas (KE VII 1938)
3) Dr Abdullah bin Ahmad (KE VII 1939)

4) Dr Abdul Aziz Omar (KE VII 1949)
5) Datuk Dr Haji Omar bin Din (from Kedah; graduated KE VII Class of 1949; Queen's Scholar in Radiology; Sr Consultant Radiologist at GHKL).
6) Dr Syed Mohammad Alwi Alhady (KE VII 1950) (or the daughter, Fareeda Alhady)
7) Dato' Hj Mohamed Noor bin Marahakim (KE VII 1953)

Would anyone know about the development of Radiology in Malaya/Malaysia? How & where did radiology begin in Malaya/Malaysia?
Does anyone know where she can get a List of Queen's Scholars for KE VII graduates?

Click here for Prof Faridah's Power Point presentation

Monday, 20 June 2011

Penang Museum and Art Gallery

Penang Museum and Art Gallery is in Farquhar Street near Fort Cornwallis in downtown Georgetown, Penang. It is a small whitewashed building with a small narrow brown dome (like that of a pencil eraser). It was formerly the Penang Free School.

Penang Museum and Art Gallery in Farquhar Street, Penang viewed from Lebuh Light. 19 June 2011

Penang Travel Tips for Penang Museum & Art Gallery:

Details of Penang History & Museum: 

Details and layout of Penang Museum:

Opening hours :
9.00am to 5.00pm - Saturday to Thursday
Closed: Friday

Admission Fees: RM1.00 (Adult)

Penang Heritage Sites:

Penang Heritage Trail:

Malaysia Museums:

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Tok Bomoh (village doctor)

In almost every Malay village or settlement, there is a doctor called Tok Bomoh. Of course the village doctor or Tok Bomoh is not trained in Western medicine. The Tok Bomoh practices folk medicine and sometimes adds in witchcraft and chants. The use of smoke and genies (jin) will render the Tok Bomoh's practices as unIslamic but patients are often unsuspecting and will believe every word of the Tok Bomoh. Some Tok Bomohs are good while others are quacks. Quack or not, the lay uneducated patient can never tell apart so the Tok Bomoh business thrives in Malaysia and the region. 
The sessions I have observed are not described in medical textbooks and students will need to see Tok Bomoh practices first-hand. Most Tok Bomohs are male doctors. Female village doctors are called bidan and attend to mothers and their newborns and sometimes even toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Main Puteri (playing princess)

This is a popular trance that Kelantan mothers often choose to participate in at some point in the post-partum phase, soon after delivery while still in the hospital ward. The mother enters into a trance, believing that she is a princess and behaves as one. She actually yearns for attention. As such she enjoys being in centre stage for awhile, enthralled with all the bright light and loud percussion. She speaks to a medium. The medium sings anything, can be flattering her as a princess. Music is from an ensemble of gongs, cymbals, and drums, sounding much like a Buddhist ritual. Usually doctors will allow their patients to participate in Main Puteri, either in an unused section of the ward or outside the ward. But patient safety needs to be taken care of, as Main Puteri is performed a day or two post delivery where the mother is still bleeding profusely and she may not be aware that danger surrounds her all the time whilst still undergoing post-partum convalescence.

Main Puteri

Interlude: Malay songs

Here is a favourite Malay song which is played in almost all flights operated by the Malaysian Airlines Systems (MAS). It invokes the spirit of a lovely country called Malaysia. I hope that you will like this song and other similar songs that Malaysians hold close to their hearts. I grew up listening to these songs, I danced to these songs, I choreographed for songs of this type for many organisations overseas. They have a very good effect on the heart. These songs reduce anxiety, keep the heart strong and happy and maybe too, add to longevity.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Singapore Hospitals

Here is a list of hospitals in Singapore.

List of Public/Restructured General Hospitals in Singapore


Singapore doctors

Sunday, 5 June 2011

King Edward VII College of Medicine, Singapore

The King Edward VII College of Medicine building in College Road now houses the Ministry of Health Singapore.

Views of KE VII College of Medicine building, in College Road, Singapore. This building once had a big examination hall. Further description of the building can be found at other web pages.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Susunan Keutamaan Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Kelantan

In Kelantan, the royal ceremony for awards bestowed to royals and public administrators is held at the Istana Balai Besar (palace with a big hall) in Kota Bharu. The Sultan of Kelantan gives away the awards.

In 2010 and before 2010, before Sultan Ismail Petra suffered a stroke in 2009/2010, the award ceremonies used to be held on 30-31 March. His heir Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra was Acting Sultan and continued the tradition in March 2010 (for the last time). When Tengku Faris Petra succeeded his father as Sultan Muhammad V, he changed the award ceremony date to 11-12 November in 2011. From then on the award ceremony was held on 11-12 November as in 2012.