Friday, 31 August 2012

Merdeka Ke-55

We have been colonised and enslaved for hundreds of years and yet we don't realise it. We are not jumping up and down at home this Merdeka. Our feet are firm on the ground. This Merdeka falls on Friday. We are praying for the safety of this nation and other nations. This is my son Ibrahim's prayer for Merdeka which he posted in Facebook:

Doa ku pada semua :

Ya Allah, ya tuhanku. Ampunilah dosa-dosaku, Engkaulah Maha Pengampun. Ya Ghaffar, ya Rahman, ya Rahim.
Ya Allah, Ampunkanlah dosa kedua ibu bapaku, dosa seluruh keluargaku, yang masih hidup mahu pun yang telah meninggal.
Ya Allah, Ampunkanlah dosa guru-guruku, dosa kawan-kawanku, dosa seluruh Muslimin dan Muslimah.

Ya Allah, berkatilah ilmu yang ku pelajari, berkatilah hidupku, berkatilah rezeki ku, berkatilah negara tercinta ini.
Ya Allah, jauhilah diriku ini daripada musuh-musuh Islam, jauhilah daripada godaan hawa nafsu, jauhilah gangguan jin dan syaitan.

Alhamdulillah, tatkala negara ini mencapai kemerdekaan dengan ni'mat keamanan, kedamaian, keharmonian, kemakmuran, kesejahteraan dan ketenangan. Janganlah Engkau lalaikan diri ku ini dengan urusan dunia, hiburan dan sebagainya sehingga boleh meninggalkan ibadah wajib. Sesungguhnya aku insan yang sangat lemah.
Tatkala negara ini mencapai kemerdekaan, bagaimana pula dengan nasib saudaraku di Selatan Thai, Rohingya, Palestin, Syria dan lain-lain. Ya Allah bantulah mereka, aku tidak mampu menolong mereka. Engkau adalah sebaik-baik Pertolongan.

Ya Allah, kuatkanlah hatiku ini, masukkanlah diri ku ini ke dalam golongan orang-orang yang sentiasa bersyukur atas ni'mat-Mu. Amin ya Rabbal alamin.

This is my son Ibrahim's elaboration on what Merdeka means to him, which he wrote in Facebook. He was born in Subiaco, outside Perth, Australia on 22 August 1988:

merdeka dari segi
- agama : Malaysia telah menempuhi zaman penjajahan, agama Islam tetap dipertahankan sehingga dijadikan agama rasmi negara. Namun masyarakat Islam itu sendiri kurang penghayatan.
- bahasa : mana-mana bahasa ada kelebihan ada kekurangan. Bahasa Melayu dijadikan bahasa rasmi. Inggeris ada pinjam perkataan bahasa lain untuk menjadikan ia serba guna. Bagaimana pula 'kuih-muih' dalam bahasa Inggeris ??
- budaya : Malaysia sangat unik dengan pelbagai bangsa walaupun di saat bangsa Melayu dilanda dilema. Masakan tradisional sering menjadi keutamaan dalam majlis keraian, diikuti kuih-muih pencuci mulut.

Namun tidak dapat dinafikan bahawa disebalik kemerdekaan, masih ada saki-baki peninggalan penjajah seperti :
- perundangan+perlembagaan : berlandaskan common law & westminster. Sedangkan Undang-undang Islam berlandaskan - Shariah (Al-Quran,Sunnah,Ijmak,Qias dll)
- hiburan : .... . . .

This is the younger sister Farah's response to Ibrahim's post on Merdeka. She has just completed her second year studies in medicine in Bangalore, India and will be continuing on to third year in October, insyaAllah:

brp buah buku mu baca bleh bg jwpn gtu?? huraikan lg tentang saki baki pnjajahan dan tambah juga cara penyelesaian. terima kasih. kikikikikii... karangan lengkap boleh di hantar ke berita harian utk dibaca olh rakyat jelata, klu bh xterima bleh direct ke harakah.. kih4 XP

Thursday, 30 August 2012

501451 cover

This is the cover for book Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore. The book contains 964 pages (the dimensions are in the image). The ISBNs were in a previous post and are re-posted below. I have completed editing the manuscript today and will submit the corrections to my printer. 10 images for Tan Sri Dr Raja Ahmad Noordin are still missing and I will need to re-send. Once everything is ok, this book should be out in 2 months, hopefully by Aidiladha, InsyaAllah. Pray hard.

Copyright © 2012 by Faridah Abdul Rashid.
Library of Congress Control Number: Pending
ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4771-5995-8
Softcover 978-1-4771-5994-1
Ebook 978-1-4771-5996-5

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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Salam Aidilfitri

Bowl contents: Indian meruku/maruku, Malay kuih siput/kuih gunting, Kelantanese kuih gunting ikan bilis, Indian fried peas/kacang pis goreng, and fried lentil/kacang dhal goreng. Missing - fried groundnuts.  This was my simple breakfast on Hari Raya morning. Bowl is Japanese, bought from Bukit Bintang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur, during annual end-of-year sale (RM60 for 5 pieces). The brown background is my 1-inch thick wooden chopping board bought for RM3.80 from Pasar Tani at Pasir Tumboh, Kelantan. Fonts used are Trajan Pro for 'Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri', other greetings were made using Arial font, and my name was made using Monika font. 

Most Malay houses would serve festive cuisines for Hari Raya, including the world's best ketupat (many types), rendang (all sorts), satay Kajang, nasi dagang Kelantan, lemang KL, soto ayam Johor, laksa Penang, lakse Kelantan, curry puffs, bihun & mihun, koay teow, etc. Of course there is a whole range of Malay cakes, tarts and biscuits, most are very interesting and have some history. Many Malays also host open house and serve food for the entire community. This is a good thing as poor boys and girls get to attend such functions and get to sample some of the best foods. I am amazed that the Malays have this spirit of open house during Hari Raya and anyone can visit and eat.

What is Hari Raya without its musical scores? There are some good songs, some happy, others sad, yet a few others bring tears on Hari Raya morning, especially if you have lost your parents, siblings or relatives. There is one that I particularly like, a song sang by a Malay relative of mine from Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur. She is Aishah and her song is Pulanglah. I get goosebumps every time that song plays on radio or TV. She sings very well. There's another song that is quite nice, a song sang by M. Nasir about his parents (at first I had thought he was singing about his girlfriend or wife). I don't know the title and the Malay lyrics say '...buah hati ibuku..' which actually refers to his father. It took me some time to figure out and understand the Malay lyrics.

Friday, 24 August 2012

The holy city of Ajmer

Ajmer is in northern India and is frequented by many for various reasons, mainly for Tawassul (offering prayer via a holy medium). In Ajmer, there lies the remains of a saint of Ajmer in a Dargah (shrine). He is Mohinudeen Chishty, who wrote the Sufi book on healing which I had mentioned earlier in another post. Dr Amir Burhanuddin al-Helmy had studied at Ajmer. He was an early Malay doctor of Homeopathy.

Here are photos of Ajmer from Aulia,12920.0.html

Dargah of Khawja Moinudeen Chishty in Ajmer
Moinudeen Chishty in Ajmer

Why did ancient wills use Spanish dollar?

I was reading the Will of Cauder Mohideen (Kader Mydin) who founded the Masjid Kapitan Keling in Penang. His Will mentioned Spanish dollars instead of British currency. I was wondering why that was so. Today I discovered that the Spanish silver dollars were preferred as they contained higher quality silver.

Evolution of Currency:

In memory of Jalil Ibrahim (1)

Jalil was my form 5T class teacher's husband at Tunku Kurshiah College (TKC) in 1975. I must have met Jalil while in Form 4T in 1974. I remember we brought our chairs to the padang at the end of the school block (my class was the last class in that block). We sat in a circle and I could clearly see Jalil from where I sat. He was a tall and fair gentleman, much like a Chinese, with sideburn and black framed glasses. I thought he came from a far away place - like from China or Heaven! He didn't say much, maybe he was shy. The next I heard of him, he was murdered in Hong Kong. The details I can't remember but banana plantation was all I can remember. That's it.

There is nothing mentioned of the late Jalil nor his wife (my former teacher) or his family. I remember his wife gave birth to her first child and the whole class went to visit her at home. I still have the photo of all of us walking towards her home - it was a hot day and I wore a baju kurung. I have to search for that photo.

The Bank Bumiputra scandal involved a lot of people. The late Lorrain is the only son of Dr Mustapha bin Osman, an early Malay doctor (the other is a daughter). By the time I could figure out who's who and understand the scandal, probably last year or so, Lorrain had died. Else I could ask him about his father. So, it is a bit sad that many have died before I could interview them for my book - Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore.

I don't know if there is a book written about the scandal. There are only bits and pieces that I see here and there and everywhere. It would be nice to see the scandal nicely written for the public to read, rather than try and fix a jig-saw puzzle with many missing pieces and much imaginery. I cannot write such a book as I am not in the banking or finance industry, nor do I understand the scale of such a scandal. I'm not a globe trotter so writing about it will be impossible. It would involve a lot of secret interviews of the people involved who are still surviving, most in their 80s. A scandal is just a scandal. Scandals are commonplace nowadays, especially when it comes to $$$. What we make out of a scandal is totally different. I guess it takes a lot of skills and courage to write about the scandal such that we can have it as a non-fiction book. Scandals happen everywhere and all the time, and this one is no exception. If RM2.5 billion is such a messy big number, but that is just about a billion in AUD and less in USD. So why the scare about such a scandal? I still think someone should take a brave step to write about it and honestly lay it down properly. If we don't write it now, and then try to write about it 20 years from now, it won't be authentic. Maybe we should all come together, divide the workload for writing all the small parts, and then put those small parts together to make a book. Will the book make us proud? No, but it should be a lesson to all that money is a dangerous weapon - it kills innocent lives! There is no point keeping quiet and letting things fade so nothing exists of it. I think it is better to write and have a copy now.

External links:

Here's the story from The Malaysian Bar:

YouTube video of Jalil's murder in Hong Kong:

Jalil Ibrahim, a banker with Malaysia's Bank of Bumiputra was found murdered. He had been silenced before he could blow the whistle to financial irregularities and dangerous liaisons which if revealed could destroy his bank and compromise his country. The banker knew too much. But what did he know?

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Terkenang Bah Merah

There were 2 major floods in Kelantan, one in 1927 and another in 1967.

"Terkenang Bah Merah" was an article written by Mona Ahmad and Nasron Sira Rahm in Dimensi, Berita Harian, Malaysia on Sunday, 21 January 2007, page 4 (link to article). There were about 8 photos in the article, including one photo of the British officers and a doctor. They were Mr Ferrier, Dr Taylor, Mr Kemp, and Mr Worham.

British officers during the 1927 flood in Kelantan.
Photo from Muzium Kelantan.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

British Malacca

Photos and description of British Malacca are at Janus collection at

What is included (photos by William Langham-Carter):

  1. Malacca river view
  2. Malacca town and hillside
  3. Malacca fort (the date on the fortress gate by VOC should be 1641)
  4. Residency Malacca
  5. Bridge over Malacca river

David Brown 1778-1825

David Brown was famous in Penang. He had owned a section of Penang island - a piece of land called Brown Garden where his house/office was built initially. When I was in Penang in the early 1960s, Brown Garden was still a controversial piece of land. Brown Garden was bordered by the lands of 2 Malays  - Datuk Jenaton whose land is now the Minden Heights housing area, and the other was Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos, an early Malay doctor, whose land was atop Bukit Pemancar, while Brown Garden was mainly in the lowland/valley, but it stretched up to the hilly region. I don't have the full story but some Penangites may still remember the story about Brown Garden.

Title Correspondence of David Brown
Reference RCMS 103/13
(former reference: BAM XIII)
Creator Brown, David, 1778-1825
Covering Dates 1801–1825
Extent and Medium 1 file; paper; mixed scripts
Content and context
David Brown was born in Longformacus, Berwickshire, Scotland in 1778. He studied law in Edinburgh, but joined his countryman James Scott's mercantile business in Penang in 1800. Scott was the trading partner of Francis Light, who had taken over Light 's estate after his death in 1794. Brown succeeded Scott when he died in 1808. Brown became the largest land owner and planter in Penang, pioneering the introduction of nutmeg cultivation. He died in 1825 when travelling to Malacca.
26 letters concerning economic development and the management of his estates exchanged between Brown and various correspondents. The collection includes eight letters from Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. The file also includes a typescript copy of the will of Francis Light.

Glugor House in Brown Garden, Glugor/Gelugor.
Photo was taken from Penang - Past and Present.
Brown Estate, Buildings structures, planter's bungalow,
Code No.: PSL45
Category: Photographs
Scale/No.: n/a 
Title: Glugor House
Features: no date given, Double storey bungalow verandah Tuscan columns, brick and lime building with extended roof to create a shaded verandah on two sides supported on tall timber columns. Brick columns support a single storey verandah terracotta tiled roof , Penang Island, Straits Settlements, 
Source: The Penang State Library Collection 
More details below

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How to request a copy without a watermark
The images are copyright to Penang State Library. You can contact the Library to find out how to purchase a non-watermark copy.
The code e.g. PSL45 – is for reference when you contact the Library.
PSL – Penang State Library – this code is the same for each image.
45 – The number of the digitalised image – this number is different for each image.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this website. Any errors are regretted.
If you have any evidence and further information about the scenes captured in the postcard images – we would like to hear from you.
Office Hours: Open: Wednesday - Sunday 9:45 AM - 6:00 PM
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Gelugor House and Spice Plantations in Gelugor. 
Gelugor House was owned by David Brown, who settled in Penang circa 1800. 
In the plantations were grown pepper, nutmegs, cloves and other spices

There are 3 Brown names - David Brown, Dr David Brown, and FS Brown.

Duke of Edinburgh visit, Government Officials, (l) Anson Lieutenant Governor of Penang, (4l) Sir Harry Ord Gov of SS, (3r) F S Brown Glugor Estate, centre - Sir William Hackett Judge,
Code No.: PSL46
Category: Photographs
Scale/No.: n/a
Title: Colonel Anson and welcoming party
Year: 1869
Features: n/a, unidentified buildings to rear, standing under a tree on a path, George Town, Straits Settlements,
Source: The Penang State Library Collection

Citing BAM

The Association of British Malaya was founded in 1920, replacing the Straits Settlements Association which had existed since 1868. In the light of changing circumstances it became the British Association of Malaya, the British Association of Malaysia and the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore.
The photos were deposited with the Royal Commonwealth Society in 1973 on the dissolution of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore.
Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Photograph collection of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore, BAM

People who have served BAM:
  1. Hugh Bryson (died 1977), Secretary 1952-1967
  2. GR Lambert, official photographer to the King of Siam, 1879; Lambert and Co. 1879-1918
  3. Alexander Koch, assistant photographer, Lambert and Co 1883-1884; later as manager
  4. HT Jensen 1908-1910 - his photo is in 'Twentieth Century Impressions of British Malaya.'
  5. H Nugent Buckeridge managed Lambert and Co 1914-1917; became independent commercial photographer in Singapore-WWII
  6. Charles J Kleingrothe
  7. August E Kaulfuss
  8. Leonard Wray (1852-1942) entered Perak Civil Service 1881
  9. William Langham-Carter (1869-1940); cadet in Straits Settlement 1890; held several posts in Province Wellesley 1895-1897 and 1907-1913; Singapore 1898-1906; British Adviser in Kelantan 1913-1916; Singapore judge 1916-1922; Resident-Councillor in Malacca 1922-1925; retired 1925.

Kelantan Volunteer Rifles 1914

I don't know about the Sikh Police Band but I have seen some photos of them at the Penang Museum. I don't know about the Kelantan Volunteer Rifles (KVR) but there is a place where the group gathers in Kota Bharu and there is a rifle range in Pengkalan Chepa - is this the same group? Is the KVR still active?

Sikh Police Band
  1. Where did the Sikh police come from? Were they imported?
  2. What is the Sikh Police Band?
  3. Is it the same group of people who defended Kelantan against the Japanese invasion at Pantai Dasar Sabak on 7/8 December 1941?

KVR officers, 1914:
  1. What is the KVR?
  2. When was the KVR set up in Kelantan?
  3. Why was the KVR set up in Kelantan?
  4. Who comprised the KVR members?
  5. DCR Rainnie, Duff Development Company (What is this company?)
  6. William Langham-Carter, British Adviser
  7. Herbert Alfred Anderson, CO of the KVR (CO = Commanding Officer?)

External links:

Title: Kelantan Volunteer Rifles, Sikh Police Band, circa 1914
Reference BAM 14/1
Extent and Medium Good condition, apart from slight fading.
Content and context
129 x 77 mm.
Showing the Sikh band marching past with three officers of the K.V.R. following behind. These are identified as: D.C.R. RAINNIE, Duff Development Company; William LANGHAM-CARTER, British Adviser; and Herbert Alfred ANDERSON, C.O. of the K.V.R.
Further information: Biographical notes on Herbert Anderson at BAM 6/14.

Duff Development Company

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 7 April 1937, Page 1

Mr William Kerr

Mr William Kerr was Supervisor of Customs in Kelantan in 1920. Before he left Kelantan, he gave his photo albums to Mr and Mrs William Langham-Carter. Before Carter left Kelantan, he left the albums in the hands of the Sultan of Kelantan, who then passed the photo albums to Muzium Kelantan. I have seen the photo albums in Muzium Kelantan. Muzium Kelantan is trying to trace both the Kerr and Carter families. Please contact Muzium Kelantan if you know about the photos, Kerr or Carter. I only said to Muzium Kelantan that I will try and help find Kerr and Carter. I guess this is the biggest clue we have to date. I will need to inform Muzium Kelantan of this find.

Title Kelantan 1914
Reference BAM 14
Creator Kerr, William, fl 1914-1920, Supervisor of Customs (?)
Covering Dates 1914
Extent and Medium 12 images in 1 folder; Generally in good condition.
Content and context
William Kerr was Supervisor of Customs, Kelantan in 1920.
An album containing prints measuring approximately 135 x 80 mm, most captioned either in manuscript beneath the print or in the negative. Captions composed for this entry are enclosed in square brackets. The album contains mainly scenic views. Photographs are probably by William Kerr. The album was a Christmas gift to Mr. and Mrs. William Langham-Carter from William Kerr.

William Langham-Carter (1869-1940)

Carter, William Langham - (1869-1940)
Photograph collection of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore 1880-1969
Carter, William Langham - (1869-1940)

Janus Photograph Collection

Photograph collection of the British Association of Malaya and Singapore:

Monday, 20 August 2012

501452 Web design Official website

This is a temporary link to the book's website:

This is the Xlibris official website for the book, Research on the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore.

Business card

Thursday, 16 August 2012

501451 PR Ad

Contact:  Marketing Services

Suite 1A, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon NSW 2072

Book on Malay Medical Pioneers Takes Up Their Role in Shaping National History
Faridah A. Rashid chronicles the few good men who practised medicine in obedience to Islam to reach the “bottom billion” of their suffering masses

KELANTAN, Malaysia – (Release Date TBD) – Faridah Abdul Rashid fills in an important gap in Malayan history with her treatise on early Muslim doctors who worked in British Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia.  In no wise does her book neglect faith in favour of the secular nature of modern medicine.  Thus, while Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore  is a chronicle of doctor graduates from King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, it is also a study in the interaction of faith and healing as these doctors practised grassroots rural medicine to reach “the bottom billion.” 

The doctors in this book were the first Malayans and Singaporeans to practise modern medicine.  Yet there were less than 60 of them from 1911 to 1957 before Merdeka or Malayan independence.  Their significance lies in their providing the groundwork for the Malaysian health system, which is numbered among the world’s most enlightened and progressive health programmes.   The said doctors built prayer rooms in hospitals for patients as well as immunized patients. 

Another vital part of the history of these medical pioneers was the belief of many people in their capabilities to lead, not just in helping provide good health.  Thus, beyond faith and medicine, they were obliged to lead in the political enlightenment of their people.  Some of them were stalwarts of the Malaysian independence movement. 

The Malaysian health system today operates with a big budget, but it started out with a group of people who became part of the agency of humanitarian change for their suffering masses.  The system still proudly practises this part of their history today.

For more information on this book, interested parties can log on to

About the Author

Faridah Abdul Rashid was born in Malacca, Malaysia.  She grew up and attended schools in Malaysia and completed the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) in 1975.  She attended universities overseas and holds a double BA in Microbiology (with distinction) and Chemical Sciences from California State University (1980), MSc in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside (1982) and PhD from the University of Western Australia, Perth (1990).  She has received prestigious financial, academic and merit awards locally and internationally.  She is a lecturer in biochemistry at the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in Malaysia. Her teaching career began in 1982. She has taught medical biochemistry to medical undergraduates and postgraduates in addition to medical laboratory technologists and nurses. Drawing on her passion in local history and zest in computers, she was compelled to teach subjects pertaining to medical bioethics, history of medicine and research on telehealth. 

Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore* by Faridah Abdul Rashid
Publication Date: November 21, 2012
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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

501451 EMC Ad

This is the email campaign advertisement (EMC Ad) prepared by Xlibris for the main book, which I received late last night, and which I edited. I have no date when the book will be out as I  have not seen the galley yet (being prepared). Hopefully this book can be out by Aidiladha, insyaAllah.

Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore
by Faridah Abdul Rashid

Faridah Abdul Rashid fills in an important gap in Malayan history with her treatise on early Muslim doctors who worked in British Malaya (now Malaysia), Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia. In no wise does her book neglect faith in favour of the secular nature of modern medicine. Thus, while Biography of the Early Malay Doctors (from 1900-1957) is a chronicle of doctor graduates from King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, it is also a study in the interaction of faith and healing as these doctors practised grassroots rural medicine to reach “the bottom billion.”
- Xlibris Corporation


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Search Index 51-82

16150 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan

History of Medicine in Malaya - Who were the early Malay doctors? 

by Faridah Abdul Rashid. Associate Professor, 
Dept. of Chemical Pathology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus.

Search Index 51-82:

Search #
Search Date
Content Provider/
Source/ Reference
Contents/KE VII Doctors
Search 516 Nov 2005FAR
Important events & milestones:
1. Badan Warisan Malaysia.
2. "Penang Gazette" operated in 1820s.
3. British took over Malaya from the Dutch in 1795.
4. British bombed A' Famosa in 1870.
5. Boh Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands existed since 75 years ago (1930)
Search 526 Nov 2005MSNHistorical article about Dr. Hamzah Haji Taib:
1. "Dr. Hamzah Haji Taib" by Prof. Ramlah Adam in Pejuang Terbilang Johor produced by Yayasan Warisan Johor, pages 91-97.
2. See Search 55
Search 536 Nov 2005MFGEn. Mohd. Fadli Ghani will send details of the early doctors from Kedah
Search 546 Nov 2005NAMAssoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah's e-mail changed
Search 556 Nov 2005MSNHistorical articles about Dr. Hamzah Haji Taib:
1. "Dr. Hamzah: Pejuang Politik yang Dilupakan?" by Dr. Haji Shaharom Husain in Jendela Selatan, Disember 2003, published by Yayasan Warisan Johor.
2. "Khadijah bte Sidek" written by Prof. Ramlah Adam  inTokoh Ternama Johor published by Yayasan Warisan Johor, pages 99-108.
3. See Search 52
Search 567 Nov 2005FAR
Dato' Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos:
1. His son is En. Kamaruddin bin Che Lah
2. His son gave the "Sri Lankan Burgher Family Geneology":
Search 577 Nov 2005LLM
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lee Lik Meng mentioned about Dato' Anwar Fazal (ex-UNDP, now in Penang)

Dato' Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos
Penang Town Council
Leper Settlement, Sungai Buloh, Selangor
Penang Health Inspector
Dawood Restaurant, Georgetown, Penang
Palm Beach Hotel, Penang
Jelutong market
Search 587 Nov 2005DAFDato' Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos
"dato dr che lah ... a penang icon"
Worked for the Rural District Council, Penang island
Straits Echo (old Penang newspaper)
Search 597 Nov 2005MFGSheikh Tahir Jalaluddin noted that his son's birth was received by Dr. Ariff.
Tun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir was born on 26 April 1921.
Tun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir was ex-VC USM.
SUK Kedah/K3467/1355 (1936) bore 7 names of Malay medical students from Kedah in Singapore:
Che Salma Ismail,
Omar Din,
Abu Bakar (Tan Sri Dr.),
Hamid Ismail,
Hussein Ahmad,
Sutan Zaian and
NP Surathee (non-Malay).
SUK Kedah 3080/57 (16 November 1938) bore a Malay doctor's name:
Dr. Mustafa Osman (a government pathologist)
Search 607 Nov 2005MFGList of old Malay books on medicine
Search 617 Nov 2005DAF
Books on medical services in Malaysia:
1. "Studies from the Institute of Medical Research, Federation of MalayaJubilee vol. 25, 1900-1950" by IMR, KL.
2. "To Heal the Sick, the story of healthcare and doctors in Penang, 1786-2004", Dr. Ong Hean Teik, editor, published in 2004.
Search 627 Nov 2005MFG
NSTP Archive
Dr. Farish A. Noor's book "Islam Embedded(year?):
Photograph of Dr. Burhanuddin (probably in his 50s).
Tun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir's birth was 26 April 1921.
Dr. Ariff's son was Datuk Mushir Ariff.
Old photos of KEVII Medical College:
1. Possible from IMR and NUS.
2. TV3 featured old photos of KEVII Medical College and young Tun Mahathir Mohamad in conjunction with his retirement as Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister in October 2003.
Photograph of Dr. Haji Abbas Alias (1948). See Search 65
IMR - HKL oldest building still around.
New Straits Time Press Archive (Arkib NSTP)
1. Existed since 1845.
2. Contact person: Puan Ramjan Hamzah, Assistant Manager, Reference & Customer Services, NSTP. Tel: 03-2056 9318/9388. E-mail:
Search 637 Nov 2005DAF
"Dr che lah ... and the others in the medical fraternity".
1. Dr. Mohamed Baboo joined in 1917;
2. Dr. Mustapha bin Osman (1900) was Professor of Pathology in Hong Kong, state surgeon in Kedah, settled in Penang.
3. Dr. Haji Abdullah Ghani bin Mohammed (1906?), Senior medical officer, Penang.
4. Dato' Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos was known as'Jelutong boy'.
Two people still remember Dato' Dr. Che Lah:
1. Dato' Seri Munshir Ariff (89 years) has great memory of happenings. His father was Dr. Ariff, an eminent doctor.There is a book about Dr. Ariff.
2. Dato' Lakbir Singh Chall ( was Secretary of the Rural District Council, Penang
1. Who's Who books on Malaya/Malaysia,
2. Malay language newspapers, Warta Negara of Penang,
3. NST,
4. medical departments annual reports,
5. Arkib Negara, and
6. Archives of National Board or National Heritage Board of Singapore (see Search 20)
Search 648 Nov 2005NAMDr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak
1. He was the first Malay doctor to graduate in 1910 from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School.
2. The medical school was later named the King Edward VII (KEVII) College, Singapore in 1912.
3. Dr. Norsidah has a photograph of Dr. Abdul Latiff.
4. The Medical Library at UKM, Jalan Pahang (near HKL) will be named after Dr. Abdul Latiff on Friday, 25 November 2005 at 3 pm.
Search 658 Nov 2005MFGphotographs of Dr. Haji Abbas Alias. See Search 62
Search 668 Nov 2005TheStar
Dr. Latifah Ghows:
"Pioneer woman doctor dies" ... "Dr Latifah: The first Malay woman to graduate in medicine".
Photograph of Dr. Latifah Ghows (94 years, died 11 Oct 2005, Taiping).
Search 678 Nov 2005MFGTun Dr. Hj Awang Hassan (Class of 1936):
1. Yang Dipertua Negeri Pulau Pinang Kelima
2. He graduated from KEVII, Singapore in 1936
3. See Penang Government website
Search 688 Nov 2005FAR
Major communicable/infectious diseases of Malaya/Malaysia:
A. Leprosy:
1. The Leper Settlement at Sungai Buloh in the Federated Malay States, 1933.
2. Distribution of Leprosy in Malaya, 1966.
3. Leprosy Malaysia, 1983
B. Malaria:
1. Field Observations on the Use of M3 for the prevention of Malaria, 1940.
C. Cholera:
The Epidemiology and Control of Cholera Outbreak in Kedah (1963-1964) with special reference to North Kedah, 1967.
Non-communicable diseases of Malaysia:
A. Railway-related:
1. Health Problems of Malayan Railway System with special reference to Railway Central Workshop, 1966.
Search 6918 Nov 2006MBM
Professor Dato' Dr. Ungku Omar Ungku Ahmad (Class of 1957)(1931-1969):
1. See UM website on eminent leaders at
2. Born in 1931; died suddenly in 1969 at age 38 years
3. Photograph of Prof. Dato' Ungku Omar
4. See UM book (title?)
Search 7018 Nov 2006Nazni
Tan Sri Dr. Raja Ahmad Noordin
Search 7118 Nov 2006MBM
Tun Datuk Dr. Haji Awang bin Hassan (Class of 1936):
1. He was born on 10 November 1910 in Muar, Johor
2. He was from Johor Bahru (JB)
3. Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia.
4. He was 5th Governor of Penang
5. See Penang Government website: (
6. His wife was Dr. Zabedah
7. His two sons are surgeons - Dr. Yahya Awang (ex-Head IJN) and Dr. Hussein Awang (urologist; Tawakkal)
Search 7218 Nov 2006MFG
The early medical students from Kedah:
1. Che Salma Ismail,
2. Omar Din,
3. Abu Bakar (Tan Sri Dr.),
4. Hamid Ismail,
5. Hussein Ahmad,
6. Sutan Zaian and
7. NP Surathee (a non-Malay)
8. Dr. Mustafa Osman
1. He studied medicine in Hong Kong University.
2. Postgraduate in Edinburgh University and Johns Hopkins University.
3. Taught Pathology and Bacteriology in Hong Kong University.
4. Returned to Malaysia and became a government pathologist in Kedah then Penang.
5. Retired in 1955.
6. Recipient, Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Hong Kong University in 1961.
7. He was the sibling of Mohd. Shariff Osman (ex-Chief Minister of Kedah, Datuk Shuib Awang Osman (mantan SUK Kedah) and Tan Sri Khalid Awang (Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt).
Search 7319 Nov 2006RAS
Dr. Rahmat Haroun:
A famous doctor who runs a private clinic in Langkawi.
En. Ramli Abdul Samad:
A prolific Malay writer who worked in USM library.
Married to Puan Zarina Mustafa. Has 3 children.
Search 7419 Nov 2006NAM
Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak (Class of 1910)(1884-1956):
1. First Malay doctor from to graduate in 1910 from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School (which was later named the King Edward VII (KEVII) College, Singapore in 1912).
2. He had 9 children.
3. His granddaughter is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah A. Manap, Dept of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, UKM
Search 7519 Nov 2006MBM
Tan Sri Dr. Abdul Majid Ismail @ "Coco Majid" (Class of 1951?; 1921-):
1. He was born in 1921 in his grandfather's house in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
2. Eldest of 10 siblings
Search 7623 Nov 2006FAR
Dato' Anwar Fazal mentioned:
1. Dato' Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos worked for the Penang Rural District Council
2. Dato' Seri Munshir Ariff
3. Dato' Lakbir Singh Chall ( )
4. Deveraj
Search 7723 Nov 2006DAFDr. Wahab retired in Penang and had passed away
Search 789 Jan 2007LMTun Datuk Dr. Haji Awang bin Hassan (Class of 1936)
(4 or 10 November 1910-23 October 1998)
  1. He was born on 4 or 10 November 1910 in Muar, Johor
  2. He was from Muar, Johor Bahru (JB)
  3. Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia.
  4. He was 5th Governor of Penang
  5. See Penang Government website: (
  6. His wife was Dr. Zabedah
  7. His two sons are surgeons - Dr. Yahya Awang (ex-Head IJN) and Dr. Hussein Awang (urologist; Tawakkal)
  8. Early education at Sekolah Bukit Zahrah in Johor Bahru
  9. Entered KEVII in Singapore in 1930's
  10. Became O&G specialist in Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore before opening his own clinic in Johor
  11. Joined politics, made Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat and MP for Muar
  12. Help formed UMNO together with his brothers in-law, Dato Suleiman and Tun Dr Ismail
  13. Attended UN
  14. Became High Commissioner to Australia until 1981 before becoming TYT 5th Governor of Penang and retired in 1989 at age 79
  15. Retired and lived in Johor Bahru
  16. Passed away on 23 October 1998 (?)
Search 7910 Jan 2007NA
Photograph of KEVII College of Medicine Building built in 1926, designed by Italian sculptor, Cavalori Rudolfo Nolli.Wikipedia
Search 8011 Jan 2007KCL
Dato’ Dr. Che Lah bin Mohd. Joonos (10 December 1903-23 January 1986; Class of March 1930)
  • His father was Mohd. Joonos bin Ahmad
  • His mother was ______
  • He had 4 siblings – Aunty Besar, Dr. Che Lah, Osman, and Ali Baba
  • He was the second of 4 siblings
  • His primary education is unknown
  • His secondary education was at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS), Penang
Search 8115 Jan 2007NAMPhotograph of Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak (Class of 1910)(1884-1956) - First Malay doctor from to graduate in1910 from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School (which was later named the King Edward VII (KEVII) College, Singapore in 1912).
Photograph was provided by his granddaughter, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah A. Manap (HUKM).
Search 8215 Jan 2007YATun Datuk Dr. Haji Awang bin Hassan (Class of 1936)
(4 or 10 November 1910-23 October 1998)
  1. He was born on 4 or 10 November 1910 in Muar, Johor
  2. He was from Muar, Johor Bahru (JB)
  3. Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia
  4. He was 5th Governor of Penang
His son, Dr. Yahya Awang, confirmed details provided by Dr. Luqman Mazlan.

FAR = Assoc. Prof. Faridah Abdul Rashid (USM, Kelantan)
NUS = National University of Singapore
IMR = Institute for Medical Research, Jalan Pahang, KL
MFG = En. Mohd. Fadli Ghani (KL)
RAS = En. Ramli Abdul Samad (Library, USM, Penang)
NAM = Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah Abdul Manap (Anaesthesiology, UKM)
Star = TheStar Online
BH = Berita Harian
NSTP = The New Straits Time Press
Jendela = USM library bulletin issues 3/2004 & 4/2005
MSN = En. Mohammad Shidek Nazaran (KL)
LLM = Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lee Lik Meng (HBP, USM, Penang)
DAF = Dato' Anwar Fazal (ex-UNDP, Penang)
NBA = Nuraishah Bazilah bt. Affandi (UPM, Serdang)
NN = En. Norman Noordin (London)
AZ = Dr. Azman Zulkifli (Human Genome Centre, USM, Kelantan)
Nazni = Puan Nazni (IMR)
LM = Dr. Luqman bin Mazlan (Surgery, UKM)
RJ = Prof. Rogayah Jaafar (Medical Education, USM, Kelantan)
YPH = Dr. Yeoh Poh Hong
ST = Susan Tam, TheStar Online
NA = Noor Ashikin, EBSCO Singapore
KCL = Puan Kamariah bt. Datuk Dr. Che Lah (Petronas HQ)
DM = Datin Mariah (deceased)
TCL = Puan Hajah Jumabee Tulip bt Che Lah (deceased)
YA = Dr. Yahya Awang (son of Tun Datuk Dr. Haji Awang bin Hassan)

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