A Malaysian Hero

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Clement Liang,  Treasurer of Dr Wu Lien Teh Society
Clement Liang,
Treasurer of Dr Wu Lien Teh Society

The Perak Academy held its monthly lecture on March 22 at the Ipoh Specialist Hospital. The talk, “Remembering Dr Wu Lien Teh, a Malaysian Hero” was given by Clement Liang, Treasurer of Dr Wu Lien Teh Society. Around forty attended the talk and they included the daughter (and her daughter) of the younger brother, and the granddaughter of the eldest sister of Dr Wu Lien Teh. Dr Wu Lien Teh was famous for his epic work in controlling the plague epidemic in Northern China in the early 1900s. He was decorated by the Emperor of China and was also responsible for the modernisation of medical services in China. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1935.

Although born in Penang, he returned to Ipoh at the age of sixty and continued a quiet practice till his death at the age of eighty. He was also responsible for raising funds for the Perak Library in 1950. There is a road named after him in Ipoh Garden.

Dr SK Teoh

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