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Complementary Therapies (Part 2)


Cover Story

By Serena Mui


In the last issue (IE 176), we began a roundup of the complementary therapies available in Ipoh and discussed the various ways in which these different therapies can complement allopathic medicine in healing physical ailments particularly those originating from emotional causes. In this issue, we continue with our investigation and highlight the plethora of different therapies, techniques and practices  that may assist in the alleviation of suffering whether it be physical or emotional pain.



“I don’t understand how it works. All I know is that it works” – Jaz Goven (FTT & EFT Trainer)

Fast Track and Emotional Healing Technique (EFT)

Fast track technique and EFT is another healing modality that helps a person to enjoy better health and general well-being. In this method, muscle testing is used to access the subconscious mind and locate the root cause of a particular issue that is contributing to the imbalance in your life, whether it be physical or emotional.

It was a delight to spend time with Jaz Goven, a British national who has been conducting training sessions here in Ipoh, as she took me through the very simple stages of her programme.

Muscle Testing

According to Jaz, your body will always tell you the truth when your subconscious mind is questioned. And muscle testing is the key to accessing the subconscious mind. Once accessed she continues to probe for the root causes of the various physical or emotional problems that are presenting themselves in one’s present life. She then moves on to eliminate the beliefs that caused them either through a tapping process known as EFT which engages certain acupressure points of the body or with the use of magnets and affirmations.

Jaz is passionate about helping people help themselves, which is an attractive feature of the technique, if you don’t want to keep seeking “treatment” on a regular basis. Jaz hopes that by learning the fast track technique and EFT, any individual will be able to, not only address their emotions and overcome negativity, but will also be in better control of their health and their lives.

Complementary therapy - Jaz Goven muscle testing
Jaz Goven muscle testing

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Acupuncture

As far back as 4000 years ago, people have been turning to TCM and acupuncture to treat all kinds of ailments. Today it is enjoying a revitalised popularity as more people are discovering its efficacy.

Queenie Kong took some time away from her busy schedule to explain just how TCM and acupuncture helps. Practising her art of healing since 2008, she bases her treatments on finding the root cause of the problem rather than simply treating the symptom. This, Queenie emphasizes, is the only way to keep the negative condition from recurring.

Queenie uses four different “checking steps” to determine the root cause of any negative condition, before attempting to treat her clients. Observing, Listening, Questioning and Palpations make up the check list. She then examines the condition of your tongue to further confirm her initial diagnosis. A standard session could take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, while the more intense sessions take an hour during which time she may prescribe acupuncture to relieve symptoms or she may make up a herbal mixture for you to decoct at home or even give you herbal medicines in capsule form.

Another interesting area that Queenie’s expertise covers is Aesthetics acupuncture. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures of ladies having ‘gone under the needle’ on their faces for firming and de-wrinkling were so spectacular that even a skeptic like me found myself tempted. So ladies, you might want to consider this before going under the knife, to make those all so ‘little’ adjustments.

Complementary therapy - Lee Jee Wai
Lee Jee Wai

Karmic and Angelic Reiki

Another Reiki practitioner I had the pleasure of meeting, was Lee Jee Wai. Using Angel therapy cards was part of Lee’s foray into the world of alternative healing. He is passionate about making people understand that their general well-being is intricately connected to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. With his attunement to Reiki and healing sessions, Lee hopes to help individuals seeking help to finally achieve that all so important balance in their lives.

Lee’s work is heavily based on the Forgiveness Principle, which is the Hawaiian Teaching of “Ho o Pono Pono”. The words mean “I am sorry, Please forgive me, I love you and Thank you”. These words are usually uttered at the beginning of the Reiki session to allow some of the negative energy from within to be released and replaced with positive energy. The inner peace often enjoyed, usually works as the ideal launching pad for the individual to pursue Reiki further.

Reiki, Karuna, Ki, Sufi, Imara Attunement

Complementary therapy - Dr Abd. Rahman
Dr Abd. Rahman

When things go wrong in your life or even if you simply want to make some positive changes, calling on Dr Abd. Rahman Mat Judin to help steer you in the right direction might be the best route to take. After extensively studying and attending a variety of courses on Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Pranic Healing, Yoga, Tai Chi, Silva Mind Control and many other alternative healing methodologies, Dr Rahman is indeed more than qualified to help anyone searching for a better and more fulfilling life, or to simply be able to reach their goals.

Dr Rahman has also been instrumental in teaching and encouraging many others to become masters in the alternative healing field. He has had the opportunity to treat people from all over the world, with his particular style which effectively utilizes the inherent energy prana or life energy to infuse self-healing.

Issues on unhappy marriages, lack of motivation to study, not being able to excel in a chosen field, picking suitable employees, breaking bad habits and financial problems are just some of the challenges that Dr Rahman has successfully worked on, through the course of practising his complementary healing style. Over the course of the last three years, since going into the complementary healing practice full time, he has been able to help an even more impressive number of people. However, Dr Rahman does emphasize that, the individual seeking help, must do so only when he/she is ready to make a change.

Pranic Healing

Pranic Healing
Pranic Healing

Pranic healing is a form of healing that creates the opportunity for you to welcome joy, peace, good health, spirituality and abundance into your life. Pranic healing is based on the concept of learning to harness “prana” otherwise referred to as “life energy” or better known to the Chinese community as “Chi” to create a life of balance in mind, body and soul. The practice of Pranic healing can help to heal physical and emotional problems.

Pranic healing bases its idea on the fundamental principle of the body as a self-healing, living entity. Therefore with the right “tools” and guidance the body is capable of healing itself. In Pranic healing, this “tool” is the art of increasing the life force to address any physical or emotional imbalance. Somewhat similar to the practice of some forms of Reiki, Pranic healing also uses a non-physical contact style of moving energy. The life energy is meant to help unblock the energy flow to the chakra or energy centre in your body so that the cleansing and healing process can begin.

In Ipoh, there are various weekly programmes, special programmes and monthly programmes that anyone can attend. At these programmes there are free healing sessions done by Pranic healers, meditation sessions to facilitate self-healing, and meditation sessions for world peace. There are also special on-going healing programmes held every alternate Sunday at the Ipoh Polo Ground. For the month of November and December there are full moon scheduled meditation sessions at all the centres on the 17th day of each month respectively.

In the end, all anyone really wants is to be able to live a life free of illness, worries and heartache. Although there are various different types of medications that can help a person actually achieve some level of control over these elements, long term use of these prescriptions often bring about other medical problems. Alternative healing practices are based on righting the wrongs in your life in the most natural and noninvasive manner. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain by taking the time to learn how to be at peace, in body, mind and spirit.

Contact details:

Jaz Goven: www.FastTrackTechique.com

TCM Acupuncture: Queenie Kong 017 500 2290   Inside the Sculpt Fitness Facility

Lee Jee Wai: ljeewai@hotmail.com

Dr Abd Rahman: arbmj55@yahoo.com or 012 512 1246

Centre for Prana Yoga & Self Transformation: Wisma Ehsan, 2-5 Jalan Sultan Yussuf, Ipoh. Tel: 05 255 4590, 012 974 2028 or 012 295 9288.

Neighbourhood Watch to Curb Crime


Neighbourhood Watch

The residents of Ipoh Garden and Canning Garden are united in their quest for a clean, friendly and crime-free neighbourhood. They subscribe to the idea that establishing a neighbourhood watch is not about spying on one’s neighbour or wanting to be nosy. Such a thing has been in existence since the 1980s when Rukun Tetangga was vogue. The government-sponsored programme went on for some time but got mired in bureaucracy and officialdom and eventually faded into oblivion.

However, with criminal activities on the rise within the city, reintroducing the scheme is not only practical but a necessity. Considering it as a bold step forward, the residents of the two housing estates pooled their resources and started their own neighbourhood watch.

The initiative named, “Ipoh Garden Zone 8 Neighbourhood Watch”, was officially launched on Tuesday, October 22 at its base in Jalan Serindik, Ipoh Garden. There to do the honours was Dato’ Abdul Wahab bin Dato’ Seri Azizul Hassan, Orang Kaya-kaya Panglima Kinta Seri Amar Bangsa DiRaja who is Chairman of the Perak State Liaison of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation. The ceremony was witnessed by over a hundred residents who had braved inclement weather to provide event coordinator, Christopher Netto, the much-needed support.

Zone 8 covers over 500 houses stretching from Jalan Pekeliling Tasek to Jalan Murai and Jalan Tasek to Jalan Dato’ Lau Pak Khuan.


East West One Consortium comes to Ipoh


East West One Consortium

East West One Consortium Bhd (EWOCB), Malaysia’s largest oil palm investment scheme by virtue of land size, has selected Ipoh to locate its fourth branch office after Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang.

Headquartered in Kota Kinabalu, EWOCB manages the East West One Planters Scheme (EWOPS), an innovative investment tool that allows investors to diversify their investment portfolio into the fast growing market of the palm oil industry.

The selection of Ipoh is based on the realisation that it is largely an untapped market with enormous potential, according to Datuk Peter Khoo Keok Swa, who is EWOCB’s Managing Director.

“We are well aware that there are many discerning investors out here in Ipoh. This is fortified by the fact that we have a substantial number of Ipohites among our existing pool of investors,” he said during the opening of the East West One Marketing office at Tingkat Taman Ipoh 12 in Ipoh Garden South recently.

More broadly, Datuk Peter Khoo noted that the opening of the Ipoh office is in line with EWOCB’s expansion plan for both the Peninsula and East Malaysia. “We want to reach out to all wise and well-read investors because we have faith that our product is the right choice of alternative investment for the Malaysian public,” he pointed out.

EWOPS aspires to provide a fixed income ranging from 8 to 10 per cent per annum for a period ranging from six to eight years (depending on which one of the four investment schemes one has signed up) in addition to a 100 per cent guaranteed capital refund upon maturity.

“To date, more than 50 per cent of EWOPS planter plots have already been snapped up,” revealed Datuk Peter Khoo. “We believe that come year-end, we will be able to achieve our target of 75 per cent take up rate.”

“EWOPS’ planting progress has been ahead of our company’s projections with more than 5,000 acres planted so far with another 1,500 acres cleared, terraced and ready for planting,” added Datuk Peter Khoo.

After Ipoh, EWOCB targets to open up similar branch offices in Johor Bahru and Kuching before the end of this year.

For more information, kindly contact Ms Carmen Tong at 012 818 2333 or email: carmen_tong@eastwestone.com.

Opportunities Aplenty



By Fathol Zaman Bukhari


Editorial - Opportunities aplentyAssociating Ipoh with pomelos, taugeh and cheap hawker food comes easy, as these products are readily available for visitors and travellers alike. That is, however, the positive side but we have a negative side too, one which has been nagging us for a while now. It is our over-publicised but under-utilised airport. The city’s one time pride and joy is today a pale shadow of what it was in the 1960s right to the 1990s. Blame it on the North-South Expressway for redefining land travel.

Sultan Azlan Shah Airport has undergone several structural and cosmetic changes involving its façade and its image. The latest being the extension of its runway from 1.8 km to 2 km. Although claims of impropriety have surfaced regarding the exact length of the runway, it did not stop airlines from using the airport.

Among the more notable one was AirAsia. The hype surrounding its introductory Ipoh-Johor Bahru flight was one of a kind. The whole city came to a standstill when Tony Fernandes came to town with his team in February 2006. Lesser known airlines came along, some lasting a few months, some weeks and some with hardly anything to show, save for their banners and buntings adorning the airport walls. They came with a bang but left with a whimper. That was the sad truth. Today, the only company that uses the terminal is Firefly, a subsidiary of our flag carrier MAS, operating the lucrative Ipoh-Singapore-Ipoh route daily.

Countless representations were made to the authorities, including the highest office of the state but to no avail. Most Ipohites, including this scribe, have lost hope of ever seeing the city’s airport being transformed into a regional transport hub of standing like Penang’s Bayan Lepas Airport or Alor Star’s Sultan Abdul Halim Airport.

But things are about to change now that a local company has decided to take the plunge. Flying Fox Airways, a joint venture between Ipoh-based Mega Dynasty Sdn Bhd and Indonesia’s third largest carrier, Sriwijaya Air will fly the Ipoh-Medan route beginning November 8. The twice weekly flights will increase in frequency once economies of scale and a credible critical mass are achieved.

Notwithstanding glitches dogging previous attempts at reviving the Ipoh-Medan route, the seriousness shown by the parties involved during the airways’ launching on Friday, October 11 at Impiana Hotel, Ipoh was laudable.

The biggest handicap faced by enterprising individuals and companies in the past was aircraft. Cost is prohibitive and not having a sizeable passenger load to offset operational costs put paid to their lofty dreams. One cannot operate with leased planes, as the price of keeping the planes in flight is impossible with a poor passenger load and hefty overheads.

Will Flying Fox Airways succeed where others failed? This is a million-ringgit question best answered by the operators themselves.

So, what have we to offer people from Medan?

Health tourism is a major consideration as Medanese, due to substandard medical service in their backyard, have turned to the private hospitals of Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang to seek affordable treatment for their ailments.

Ipoh’s five private hospitals should optimise this opportunity to the fullest. They should take a leaf from Penang’s Adventist Hospital. The services provided by this Pulau Tikus facility extend beyond healthcare. They include meeting their clients at the airport, making hotel reservations, taking care of family members (sightseeing and shopping), transportation and others. It is a very competitive business and those who walk the extra mile get the customers. It is all about marketing one’s services, not hard selling that many here prefer to do.

Ipoh’s hawker food is a hit with foreigners and Medanese are no exception. Indigenous food (Minang, Sunda, Betawi, Batak, Padang, etc.) in Medan is very good but Chinese cuisine is not. Indian is almost non-existent. Western-type outlets in Medan are better than Ipoh. A food fest, held on a quarterly or half-yearly basis, will be a good start to promote Ipoh’s gastronomical delights.

Education is another major consideration. Ipoh’s three international schools have ample space for children from Northern Sumatra. With the availability of direct flights to Ipoh, Indonesian parents will be tempted to send their children over. Our rates are a lot cheaper than either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, and this is a fact.

Since the rich Chinese community in Medan is our primary target, winning them over becomes a priority. We should get enough Hokkien-speaking minders to take care of these visitors. A 4-star hotel in Pulau Tikus, Penang employs Hokkien-speaking staff to cater for this specific need, and it is reaping results.

Efforts at promoting Ipoh will go to waste if stakeholders remain overly cautious. The state government has done its part. The inception of Flying Fox Airways is a case in point. So it is up to those in the private sector to up the ante. It will be a sin to allow another golden opportunity slip by unnoticed.

What is a Newborn Baby’s Job?

Dr Shan Narayanan – Consultant General Paediatrician
Dr Shan Narayanan – Consultant General Paediatrician

Child Health

“Life is really simple but we insist on making it so complicated.”  — Confucius.

Babies lead a simple life. They eat, sleep and fill the nappy. This is their job. However for young parents it can be very daunting. Caring for a newborn baby is a full time job thus understanding the needs of the newborn makes their care less complicated. In this article, we look at the feeding of a newborn baby.

Newborn babies can be breastfed and/or formula fed. Breast milk is the ideal form of nutrition for babies. Breast milk is the perfect food for a human baby’s digestive system. It contains the vitamins and minerals that a newborn requires, and all of its components – lactose, protein and fat are easily digested by a newborn’s immature system.

BreastfeedingBreastfeeding requires a substantial commitment from a mother. It also meets a variety of emotional needs for the mother and baby. It burns calories and helps shrink the uterus, so nursing mothers get back in shape quicker.

Maternal health both physical and mental health, is key to successful breastfeeding. Mothers, need to be calm and relaxed. It is important they eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of fluids and rest as much as possible.

During the first few days after delivery, mothers produce colostrum, thick and yellowish or thin and watery. Colostrum contains antibodies that help protect infants from a wide variety of infectious diseases.

After about 3 to 4 days of nursing, the breasts will start to feel less soft and more firm as milk is produced. The milk supply is determined by the stimulation the body receives. The more one breastfeeds, the more milk the body produces. If possible, nursing is started straight after delivery or within an hour after the birth. This timing takes advantage of the newborn’s wakefulness as they will spend the rest of the day sleeping. If the mother is unwell or has had caesarean section this may not be possible.

It s important that that baby latches with a wide-open mouth and takes as much as possible of the mother’s areola (the dark-coloured area of the breast) in his or her mouth (not just the tip of the nipple). Mothers may need support in getting babies to latch onto them. This may come from the elders in the family or the midwife who has attended the delivery. In some institutions they have a lactation consultant that advises mothers on breastfeeding.

Sometimes, mothers with inverted nipples have difficulty with feeding. Mothers should avoid using pacifiers and bottles as these are known to cause “nipple confusion” and the baby may give up on breastfeeding.

When one is breastfeeding, one can’t measure the amount of milk the baby drinks during each feeding. If the baby is having four to six wet nappies per day and gaining weight then the baby is getting enough.

Sometimes, mothers are unable to breastfeed as they may be unwell, had a difficult delivery or a caesarean section. In these instances, babies are fed with formula milk till the mother is well enough to breastfeed. Finally, it is the choice of the mother whether she wants to breastfeed or formula feed her baby.

“A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.”Grantly Dick-Read


For more information, call Dr Shan’s clinic at Hospital Fatimah 05-546 1345 or email shaniea02@gmail.com.

Inflamed Eyelids

Resident Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh
Dr S.S. Gill

Eye Health

Ipoh Echo’s EYE HEALTH series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. Gill talking to us about BLEPHARITIS, or inflammation of the eyelids.

Blepharitis, or “inflammation of the eyelids”, comes from the Greek word “blepharos”, which means “eyelid” and “itis” which means inflammation.


The eyelids usually appear crusted, red and swollen. The crust is yellowish-white and powdery, like the scalp of a person who suffers from dandruff. There may be varied symptoms. In most cases, the eyes become itchy, irritated and sometimes feel dry due to the disruption of the layer of tear film that is normally present in the eye. Contact lens wearers may complain of discomfort and a gritty sensation. This is often mistaken by the layman as “dry eyes”.

When blepharitis becomes chronic, there may not be much signs of inflammation such as redness but just a visible crusting on the eyelid and eyelashes. This may appear a little unsightly especially when the crusting on the eyelashes is visible. You may liken it to a skin condition except that in the case of blepharitis, it affects the eyelid margins where the eyelashes arise. Blepharitis can affect any age, both young and old.

Inflamed eyelids - dr gillWHAT CAUSES BLEPHARITIS?

When the oil glands at the eyelid margins malfunction and produces too much oil (sebaceous secretions), blepharitis can occur. At times, it may be associated with an underlying skin condition called Acne rosacea where there is already a generalised illness of the oil glands of the skin. Allergies to certain cosmetics like mascara, eyelid lotions, contact lens solutions, allergens in the air and some chemicals may also trigger blepharitis.


Blepharitis usually does not cause any serious eye conditions. However, it may cause the following:

1. Stye:

    This occurs when the oil glands of the eye gets infected. A lump appears on the eyelid margin in a localised area. There may be some pus seen on the tip of the stye (appearing like a pimple about to rupture), with surrounding redness of the eyelid.

2. Chronic Conjunctivitis:

    Blepharitis may cause recurrent bouts of conjunctivitis or pink eye. If this happens, eliminating this underlying problem is essential.

3. Chalazion:

    Occurs when the oil glands of the eyelid get blocked. This is painless but appears unsightly with a lump appearing on the eyelid.

4. Cornea Ulcers:

    Due to chronic irritation by the inflamed eyelids and/or a misdirected eyelash growth, an ulcer may form on the cornea. Corneal ulcers are serious conditions.


Good eyelid hygiene is essential to prevent blepharitis. Frequent face washing, warm compresses over the eyelids and removal of eye makeup is important. Remove any crusting present on the eyelid margins. Cleaning the eyelids with a cotton bud soaked in a very dilute (5 parts water to) baby shampoo is helpful to control any excessive oiliness and crust. Basically, every effort must be made to keep the eyelid clean. The other alternative is to use a special over-the-counter Lid Care cleaner. Keep the eyes closed when cleaning. Be especially careful to avoid rubbing or scratching your eyes.

If you are in doubt about any eyelid problems, do seek professional help.

Dog Bounces Back!




dog bounces back

In the Ipoh Echo Issue 167 (June 1-15, 2013), News Roundup carried a heart-breaking story about a neglected dog in Mansion Park. ISPCA (Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) immediately contacted the owner and was told it wasn’t an abuse case.

ISPCA has been following the case closely and we are glad to inform readers of Ipoh Echo that the dog has been given a new lease of life, thanks to rescuers Judy Tze and Irene Boey.

Recently we visited Irene and found the dog, now called Abigail, in good health with a new coat of fur. Irene told us Abigail showed fast recovery within the first three months under her care. Abigail is now in the care of Irene’s father and her son Aaron.

Keith Yoong
ISPCA Vice-Secretary

Corporate Trustee The Ultimate Protection


Corporate TrusteeIt is said that life insurance is like a parachute. Therefore, many breadwinners of urban families in Malaysia have bought life insurance to protect their families from the many uncertainties of life.

Ironically, before the Insurance Act 1996 was replaced by the Financial Services Act 2013, many life insurance policy holders have appointed themselves as trustees of their own policies.

This didn’t make sense at all, as to file a life insurance claim, the policyholder has to either be suffering from a critical illness, is senile, in a coma, permanently disabled, or dead. How good is a trustee if he or she was in such a condition as described above?

Under this new Act, which came into effect on July 1, policyholders can no longer name themselves as the trustee to their own life policies. This applies to new policies but existing policies may be affected as well should the policyholder die without making proper back up plans.

During a talk held at a leading hotel in Ipoh recently, Saw Leong Aun, Group Managing Director of Rockwills Corp Sdn Bhd, explained to participants the potential risks involved in relation to this change. He described at length, Schedule 10 of the Financial Services Act 2013 and its implications on policyholders.

The potential risks include the inability of the surviving spouse to manage a large sum of money, the spouse remarrying before the children reached the legal age of 18, or even death of the spouse who is the automatic trustee, if there was no proper appointment made.

What if the individual trustee was biased, or if there was a special-needs beneficiary involved?

In cases like these, the purpose of taking out life insurance is defeated, as the insurance monies may not go to the persons the policyholder had intended it to go to, or it could even be held by the public trustee, Amanah Raya Bhd.

Saw also explained the differences between a direct nomination and licensed corporate trustee, and how assigning the policy to a corporate trustee is the ultimate protection for life insurance money.

Major advantages of an insurance trust are naming of substitute beneficiaries, instructions to distribute insurance funds periodically, and customised payment schedule for each individual beneficiary to prevent squandering or being conned by others.

While the onus is on responsible insurance agents or estate planners to explain this new policy to their clients, those who are holding a life insurance policy and have appointed him or herself as trustee of the policy are advised to make the necessary changes to comply with the new rule and protect their insurance monies.

Incidentally, Rockwills Corp Sdn Bhd is the number one financial and estate planning company in Malaysia. The company is in a position to advise anyone who requires further information.


Flying Fox Airways


A new airline will take off from Sultan Azlan Shah Airport this November. Flying Fox Airways, the first airline to register in Perak, was launched in early October by State Exco for Tourism, Culture and Health, Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi. Also present at the launch was UPEN Director Dato’ Abu Bakar and Flying Fox CEO Danial Lee.

Nolee with Lee at the launch of Flying Fox Airways

Nolee in her address stated that the introduction of this new airline would see an increase not just in tourism but international trade and investment. “I welcome the airline with open arms and for opening a route through Ipoh to Medan and Dhaka. We hope to explore an alternative route to China via Medan.”

Noting that there were three travel agents and an airport authority from Medan present at the launch, Nolee expressed the hope of “tapping more into the Medan market especially for medical tourism”.

Flying Fox Airways’ maiden flight will touch down at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport on Friday November 8 and its destination will be to Medan. For November there will be two flights per week to Medan on Monday and Friday. Subsequently in December the flight frequency to Medan will be increased to four times per week and will also introduce an Ipoh-Medan-Dhaka, Bangladesh route.

According to CEO Danial Lee, Flying Fox Airways is a code sharing partnership with Sriwijaya Air of Indonesia, one of Indonesia’s leading airlines. The airline will use Boeing 737-400 aircraft with a seating capacity of 152 passengers. Flights into Medan will touchdown at the newly-opened Kuala Namu Airport.


The airlines tagline ’Flying Just Got Easier’ reflects the convenience for Ipohites to use the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport, explaining the ease of going from home to the airport as compared to having to travel to KLIA.

Lee added, “The Medan flight is just the beginning. The long-term plan is to increase flight frequency to daily and to expand to international destinations like Thailand, China and Japan. We are currently working with tour agencies in Medan and Ipoh to develop packages and promotions for Ipoh to China, Thailand and Japan”.

During the launch, representatives from the private hospitals were present. Nicholas Chan, Senior Manager Business Development with Pantai Hospital acknowledged that there was plenty of potential to grow the scope of medical tourism. “We can’t expect to grow overnight but initiating a regular direct flight to Medan is the first step towards maturing the medical tourism market in Ipoh.”


State-of-the-Art Cancer Centre Now Fully Operational



By SeeFoon Chan-Koppen


State-of-the-Art Cancer Centre-2

State-of-the-Art Cancer Centre-1

Dr Chan Wee Han has been in his element since the opening of the Wolfgang Cancer Centre in Fatimah Hospital. Oncologist Dr Chan says, “It’s been over four months since the official opening of Wolfgang Cancer Centre and almost two years since I first started providing cancer treatment in Fatimah Hospital. Thankfully, all our facilities and services are up and running smoothly.”

“Our new building which houses the Elekta Synergy Linear Accelerator with 160 Leaf Multi Leaf Collimator (Agility), has been treating patients with Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) since March this year. Used mostly in complex Head and Neck cancers, this state of the art radiation therapy delivers precise radiation in 360 degree arcs around the patient. It is also used in Prostate, Rectal, Gynaecological and Brain cancers as well.

Moreover, since April this year, we have been treating gynaecological cancers such as Cancer of Cervix and Uterus with 3-Dimensional Conformal Brachytherapy. Since then, local patients with gynaecological cancers no longer need to travel out of Perak for their treatment.

“With the backing of a strong team of medical physicists and therapeutic radiographers, our radiotherapy services has seen steady growth. We make sure every patient goes through a patient education session with regards to their treatment procedures and care prior to starting treatment. Caregivers too are welcomed into these sessions.”

Its not just the equipment that is impressive. The new Wolfgang Cancer Centre also houses a Chemotherapy Daycare Centre which has a waiting lounge for family members and a counselling room. Patients spend between 30 minutes up till 8 hours in leather recliner sofas or beds while having their chemotherapy infusions. Understanding the frustrations of such long hours and stress, warm meals and drinks are provided but patients can also opt to bring their own food. Astro TV channels are provided for both patients and their waiting family.

It is here that patients and families have the most interaction among themselves and the nursing staff.

“In fact, our trained oncology nurses often carry out patient education, counselling or simply providing support to alleviate their fears and anxieties. Patients are usually from a diverse group of cancers ranging from Breast, Colorectal, Lung or Gynaecological cancers to rarer types such as Melanomas or Sarcomas,” added Dr Chan.

Recently, the centre organized a “Look Good, Feel Good” session for cancer patients which provided them with guidance on makeup, wigs and breast prostheses. Some are cancer survivors which Dr Chan hopes can also help share their experiences with the newer patients. “In fact, many came with food making it a “Potluck” event. It was a good experience and we hope to be able to have more of these events in the future,” enthused Dr Chan.

Knowing the importance of nutritional support, the centre has also arranged for an audio-visual presentation from one of the leading nutritional companies last month. This helped both their patients and staff to better understand the benefits and preparation of their products. There are also patients who are referred to the hospital’s dietician for dietary advice.

Contact Hospital Fatimah at 05 545 5777 or visit:  www.fatimah.com.my.