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7 November 2005

Monday, 7 November 2005, 9.46 pm - 11.23 pm.

I received an e-mail from En. Mohd. Fadli Ghani dated 18 September 2005. I am after photographs of our early Malay doctors and also of KE VII Medical College. En. Fadli Ghani's e-mail provides hope of likely places to look for these old photographs. It is quite likely that many precious photographs have gone missing following a big flood that occurred circa 1926 (known as "Bah merah" in Kelantan), the Japanese Occupation of Malaya in 1941-1945/WW2, and fires which razed houses and villages. It would be wonderful if many of the old photographs have been saved from disasters.

En. Fadli Ghani had just read a book "Islam Embeded" written by Dr. Farish A. Noor (year?). It contained a photograph of Dr. Burhanuddin (probably in his 50s) along with another Malay doctor, claimed to be the grandfather of Dr. Farish. If Dr. Farish's grandfather was not a homeopathy doctor, then his grandfather could qualify as one of the early Malay doctors.

En. Fadli Ghani provided more information about Dr. Ariff whose name was noted by Sheikh Tahir JalaluddinTun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir's father. Tun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir's birth date was 26 April 1921. Dr. Ariff's son was Datuk Mushriff Ariff. Both En. Fadli Ghani and I have not met Datuk Mushriff Ariff nor know him at the time of this writing.

En. Fadli Ghani further informed that if he recalled correctly, the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Kuala Lumpur celebrated its 100th anniversary last year in 2004. It would probably contain old photographs of KE VII Medical College.

He further informed that the journal article written by Dr. Cheah, NUS, Singapore also contained old photographs of KEVII Medical College.

He added that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur produced an autobiography with photographs of Dr. Hasmah Mohd Ali. It too contained many old photographs of KE VII Medical College of 1940s.

TV3 also featured many old photographs of KEVII Medical College and young Tun Mahathir Mohamad in conjunction with his retirement as Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister in October 2003.

En. Fadli Ghani asked if I have referred to Arkib Negara, Kuala Lumpur. I replied I had not. He said the photographs at Arkib Negara are expensive (approximately RM120 per piece). He has a photograph of Dr. Haji Abbas Alias (1948) besides some other photographs of him in old age. He asked me to refer to Tan Sri Dr. Abdul Majid (better known as "Coco Majid") for photographs, if any.

En. Fadli Ghani is not sure whether the original building of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) still exists today. According to him, among the complex, the oldest building would still be the IMR building.

He referred me to the New Straits Time Press Archive (Arkib NSTP). According to him, the NSTP Archive existed in Singapore since 1845. He gave me a contact person in NSTP, Puan Ramjan Hamzah, Assistant Manager, Reference & Customer Services, NSTP. Tel: 03-2056 9318/9388. E-mail:

I e-mailed to En. Fadli Ghani on 20 September 2005 to thank him.


En. Mohd. Fadli Ghani
Pengarah Akademi Kajian Kota, Kuala Lumpur
Has a photograph of Dr. Haji Abbas Alias (1948) and latter photographs

The Star online
Has a photograph of Tan Sri Dr. Abdul Majid ("Coco Majid")

Tan Sri Dr. Abdul Majid ("Coco Majid")
Uncertain if Dato' Prof. Dr. Roslani Abdul Majid is his son

Dato' Prof. Dr. Roslani Abdul Majid
Founder of USM School of Medical Sciences in 1979 along with 3 others - Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd. Saidi Sheikh Tahir (deceased), Prof. Syed Mohsin Syed Sahil Jamalullail, and Prof. Dr. Ong Kok Hai. Dato' Prof. Dr. Roslani Abdul Majid is the cousin of Dr. Mohd. Bakri Musa (California; Malaysiakini).

Dr. Farish A. Noor
Author of "Islam Embedded(year?).
Contains a photograph of Dr. Burhanuddin (probably in his 50s) with (most likely) the grandfather of Dr. Farish.

Tun Dr. Hamdan Sheikh Tahir (born 26 April 1921)
He was received by Dr. Ariff at birth.

Dr. Ariff
His son was Datuk Mushriff Ariff

Datuk Mushriff Ariff
He was Dr. Ariff's son

Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Kuala Lumpur
It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2004
Probably is the oldest building
IMR ground faces the Grand Seasons Hotel, KL
I have its publication up to 1950

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL)
Uncertain if the original building still exists today
Uncertain if it is the oldest hospital in Malaya previously or Malaysia today
Other old hospitals/establishments to note are Hospital Kandang Kerbau (Singapore), Assunta Hospital, Tanglin Hospital, Sungai Buloh Leper Camp and Penang General Hospital.

Old photographs of KEVII Medical School can probably be found with the following:
IMR, KL 100th anniversary celebration, 2004
Journal article written by Dr. Cheah, NUS, Singapore
Autobiography of Dr. Hasmah Mohd Ali produced by DBP, Kuala Lumpur (year?)
TV3 featured Tun Mahathir Mohamad at KEVII Medical College in October 2003

Prof. JS Cheah (see Search 20)
NUS, Singapore
Fax: 02-6779 4112
He wrote "Approaching 100 years of Medical and University in Singapore" in Singapore Med J. 2003. Vol. 44(1):1-3. Download article from
Probably the same person who co-authored the book "To Heal the Sick, the story of healthcare and doctors in Penang, 1786-2004", 2004, editor Dr. Ong Hean Teik.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Kuala Lumpur
Produced an autobiography of Dr. Hasmah Mohd Ali (year?)

Featured a special program about Tun Mahathir Mohamad at KE VII Medical College in October 2003

Arkib Negara
May have photographs of the early Malay doctors
Photographs are ~RM120 per piece
When was Arkib Negara set up?

Utusan Malaysia
Need proper contact details

New Straits Time Press Archive (Arkib NSTP)
NSTP Archive existed in Singapore since 1845

Puan Ramjan Hamzah
Assistant Manager
Reference & Customer Services
New Straits Time Press (NSTP)
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2056 9318/9388

Telehealth Research Group
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia