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Majumder Scholarship Fund

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Some 500 well-wishers led by Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan and Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian were present to celebrate Dato’ Dr Maduri Majumder’s 80th birthday. The party was held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh on Sunday, March 10.

Dato’ Dr Majumder took the opportunity to launch the Majumder Scholarship Fund for needy students. Six students from two schools, SMK Sri Putera Sungai Pari and SMK Buntong were the first recipients of the scholarship.

Majumder Scholarship FundMajumder, Ipoh’s own Mother Theresa, was obviously touched by the many accolades showered on her. She pledged to continue with her charity works in spite of her advanced age.

Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner followed by music and dances by some well-known local groups, including a sterling performance by Dato’ Ramli Ibrahim.

SH Ong

Datuk Dr Madhuri Majumder

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The International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievement of women in the past, present, and future. In conjunction with this honourable day, I wish to share about a truly towering lady in Perak.

Just mention Datuk Dr Madhuri Majumder, a name synonymous with Perak and people instantly recognize her. She is our country’s first woman dermatologist who has shown great enthusiasm to be of  service to humanity.

When she took over the reigns of the Perak Society for Promotion of Mental Health (PSPMH) in 1986 as the President of the society, she immediately introduced various activities for rehabilitation with occupational therapies like singing, dancing, orchid farming, ceramic and art projects, music and laughter therapy, handicraft production, glove packing and counseling sessions for all the patients who are housed at the centre.

The PSPMH’s patron is DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Shah and it is affiliated with the World Federation of Mental Health is also actively promoting mental health through education, information, conventions and forums for the benefit of the general public.

Datuk Dr Majumder has a strong bond with the patients, whom she affectionately addresses as the residents, being careful to never stigmatize mentally ill patients with the notion that they are crazy.

She believes that the biggest dichotomy that exists between mental illness and physical illness and disabilities is that, people with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, epilepsy, substance abuse disorder and child and adolescent mental conditions are predisposed to a very high degree of economic and social marginalization. She also noted that they are habitually excluded from participation in society, subject to stigma and discrimination and are restricted from social activities.

Her dream is to rehabilitate these psycho-socially ill patients and send them back to  society as good as the next-able bodied person. To give an example, she has three of the society’s residents from the Ulu Kinta Centre being employed to take care of her house and assist in her clinic.

Datuk Dr Madhuri read Medicine at Calcutta University in 1959. A government scholarship took her to the United Kingdom to specialize in Dermatology and she came back to serve the government as the first woman dermatologist in the country. She scored another first when she was installed as the first woman Chairman of Perak branch of the Malaysian Medical Association in 1981. She also created history when she was installed as the President of Rotary Club of Greentown in 1995 – the First Lady President of a Rotary Club of Perak.

Last year during the state level women’s day celebration, she was bestowed the Women of True Beauty Award during the Anugerah Wanita Mutiara Perak, receiving the award from the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

This illustrious lady recently celebrated her 80th birthday by launching the “Majumder Scholarship Fund” to assist needy children for their educational needs. This significant event is another milestone for this distinguish “Mother Teresa of Ipoh” as she is popularly known.

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Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health

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The Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health was established in October 1967 as a pilot project for the rehabilitation of mental patients.

A Centre was set up at the Luther Clinic in Clarke Street, Ipoh, which a few mental patients from Hospital Bahagia were brought each day. Under the guidance of a trained social worker, they carried out occupational therapy work and cultural recreational activities.

The project set up by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr M. Mahadevan (then Consultant Psychiatrist and later Director of Hospital Bahagia), was funded by the Lutheran Church of America and managed by Rev. Donald R. Poole Jr, Dr Ute Volp, Dr Lee Kok Heng, Miss Joy Selvanayagam. During the 40 years of this organisation, hundreds of women have received care and rehabilitation at this facility and have made tremendous progress over the years.

The Society was launched by the Rotary Club Ipoh with eighty founder members and the Centre is now known as Pusat Pemulihan Jiwa or Day Care Centre.

Mr Frank Cowie was the Centre’s first President, followed by Mrs Koon Yew Yin in 1976, and Dato’ Dr M. Majumder in 1986. The Patron of the Society is DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Shah.

The society is affiliated with the World Federation of Mental Health. A Drop-In Centre was set up in Ipoh to provide ex-patients a place outside their premises to interact and develop special skills.

Perak Mental Health Campaign

In 1994, the Society, Rotary Club of Greentown and Persatuan Kebajikan Pesakit-Pesakit Hospital Bahagia, launched the Perak Mental Health Campaign. This association has been actively promoting mental health through education, information and forums for the benefit of the general public and for students in schools in Perak.

Every two years, mental health conventions are held and these events are well attended by psychiatrists, medical students, nurses and members of the public and caregivers from Malaysia and abroad. The Perak Mental Health Campaign has embarked on a vigorous programme for a healthy mental lifestyle. It also hopes to eradicate the stigma attached to mental illness and create awareness through its campaigns.

Activities

  1. Orchid farming. The orchid project was started in 1993 at the centre and has been very successful, there standing orders for orchids for florists in Ipoh.
  2. Ceramic Project. The project was started in 1994 with the purchase of a large kiln. This occupational activity helps to sharpen the skills of residents in painting and artwork.
  3. Art Project. Residents attend weekly art sessions under the guidance of an art illustrator, Mr John Lai, where they are taught to rediscover their talents in art.
  4. Laughter Therapy. Introduced in 2006, this activity has many benefits to the mind and body.
  5. Music Therapy. This consists of dance sessions, angklung and kompang performances.
  6. Drum Circle. An activity which helps residents to de-stress through the beating of drums to a rhythm.
  7. Strining of plastic bag
  8. Handicraft production
  9. Glove Packing
  10. Garden projects
  11. Weekly counselling sessions with trained counsellor Ms Anita Durai
  12. Occupational Therapy. In 2007, Japan foundation provided the centre with a JOCV occupational therapist, Ms Etsuko Nishida, who did volunteer service for a two-year period.

Sick Bay

Set up by Rotary Clubs of Greentown and District 5330 California (USA), the Sick Bay is equipped with 10 beds and medical equipment.

Tambun and Cempaka Houses

In an effort to relocate residents, a group of fully rehabilitated residents who are ready for employment and gainfully employed, are housed in a double-story house in Taman Cempaka and a terrace house in Taman Tambun partly financed by the late Mr Colin MacDonald.

Sheltered Workshop

In 1995 a sheltered workshop was set up in the Centre. This workshop provides a conducive working environment for residents and day care services for psychosocially disabled individuals from the vicinity of Ipoh.

The late Dr Wan Po Choon, a former resident of the Centre bequeathed part of her savings to the Society. The new workshop is now known as the Dr Wan Po Choon Workshop.

Fund Raising Projects

Besides organising activities and promoting mental health awareness, the Society is also entrusted with the task of fund raising to execute these activities. Much of their effort and time are utilised in canvassing for financial support from government, non-government organisations as well as individuals for aid to continue with the various programmes and to build the Centre.

It would be of great assistance to the Society if more corporate bodies could render some financial aid and assistance to keep their project going. Various activities like: Open Day Sales, Charity Food Fares, Sales of Handicraft, Ceramics & Orchids are carried out regularly to help in obtaining the much needed funds for the Centre.

For further information, contact:

The President

Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health

Lot 18200, Batu Lapan, Ulu Kinta

31150 Perak.

05-5332167 (Tel) or 05-5335457 (Tel/Fax)

Email: peraksociety_daycarecentre@yahoo.com