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8 November 2005

Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 7.40 am - 9.30 am.

I received a reply e-mail from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah A. Manap, UKM dated 25 September 2005. I had responded to her previous e-mail concerning her computer not functioning. I still feel it is wonderful nowadays to be writing using computers versus typewriters, corresponding using e-mail, and searching the Internet using Google and be able to visit useful databases and websites for this writing. I am currently using a Toshiba Portege laptop. I have not met Dr. Norsidah yet at the time of this writing.

I had asked Dr. Norsidah whether she managed to obtain specific details concerning her grandfather, Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak, and his family. Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak was the first Malay doctor to graduate in 1911 from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School (later named the King Edward VII (KE VII) College, Singapore in 1912). I also wanted to know more about Dr. Norsidah and her family.

Dr. Norsidah had been very busy and she was exhausted. She had conducted PBL facilitation, Year 1 Clinical Strand, attended the ICU Conference on 9-11 September 2005, and facilitated the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course in HUKM. This was atop her daily work anaesthetizing in the operating theatres. She is married and a mother of 3 boys aged 14, 12 and 10 years. I gather she has all the qualities of a good Malay woman.

Dr. Norsidah is glad that the intended book for this writing has progressed. She has readied a photograph of Dr. Abdul Latiff which she can contribute for this book.

According to Dr. Norsidah, the Medical Library at UKM, Jalan Pahang (near HKL) will be named after Dr. Abdul Latiff on 25 November 2005. She had just attended a meeting with UKM staff to confirm the date. Initially the UKM staff had a hard time looking for Dr. Abdul Latiff's family. She was also not called to the first meeting as nobody knew that she was indeed the granddaughter of Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak. Her family is in the midst of trying to collect his memoirs. According to her, sadly most of the memorabilia were destroyed during ransacks masa Jepun (during the Japanese Occupation). However, the upcoming event on 25 November 2005 is making her family work hard to dig whatever information they can get about him.

Dr. Norsidah has invited and welcome me to attend the official ceremony on Friday, 25 November 2005 at 3 pm at the UKM campus in Jalan Pahang. She has also extended the invitation to anyone involved in this project on the early Malay doctors. She said it is a recognition for the early Malay doctors who are mostly unknown and unremembered.

It is comforting for me to know that Dr. Norsidah's status as the granddaughter of Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak has come to light. I wish her all the best with digging for more information about her grandfather. We will certainly need more people like her to shed light on our history of medicine for our future generation to know what went on and should duly cherish.


Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak (1885?-1958; retired 1953; Class of August 1911)(see Search 1)
First Malay doctor to graduate from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School (later named the King Edward VII (KEVII) College, Singapore in 1912).
Eldest son of a territorial chief
He had 9 children
He was an ex-VI student. His classmate at VI was Cikgu Tuan Syed Syaidali (see Searcch 17).
His son is Tan Sri Yaacob bin Latiff, Mayor of KL 1972-1983
His granddaughter is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norsidah A. Manap, HUKM
A road in Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) has been named after him as Jalan Dr. Latiff. This road links Jalan Masjid and Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz.
A hostel block in Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL) has been named after him as Blok Dr. Latiff.
En. Fadli has provided photographs of both the road and hostel block (see Searches 16 and 17).
The book "Bingkisan Merdeka" published in 1957 to commemorate our Independence celebration, also recorded the address of one of its contributors as "Asrama Dr. Latiff" (see Search 17).
En. Fadli has provided a photograph of students in Asrama Dr. Latiff (ADL) 1985-1989. The ADL was a hostel for full-time students. It was located in Jalan Gurney, KL and was under the administration of Yayasan Selangor, which also administered Kolej Industri Selangor (Inspen). Inspen was upgraded to become UNISEL. The ADL was demolished to make way for the construction of the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) (see Searches 18 and 21).

Tuan Syed Shaidali (1891-1967) (see Search 19)
He attended VI between May 1989 - December 1908 about the same time Dr. Abdul Latiff attended VI.

En. Mohd. Fadli Ghani
Pengarah Akademi Kajian Kota, Kuala Lumpur

Associate Professor Dr. Norsidah Abdul Manap
(granddaughter of Dr. Abdul Latiff Abdul Razak)
Dept of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hospital UKM (HUKM)
She is the granddaughter of Dr. Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak, the first Malay doctor to graduate from the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School.

Japanese Occupation (1941-1945)

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.

Telehealth Research Group
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia