University of Malaya and
Universiti Hospital Kuala Lumpur
While waiting for the long process of RED TAPES, I was staying with my wife’s cousin, late Daw Pyone Ma Ma, wife of late Captain U Khin Maung Latt. As she was working in UM as the only Burmese Teacher/Lecturer, I frequently followed them to UM.
I applied to the Anatomy Department and also applied for my two brother-in-laws there in UHKL. After 1988 there was an exodus of Burmese Lecturers and Professors. I sent many of them personally to see the Head of Departments and obtained the application forms for them and helped to fill up the forms and sent by hand and by posts. But before they got their replies they got the jobs in Saudi Arabia, UK, US, Brunei and Singapore etc.
Later when I read the news about more than 250 MO posts vacencies and problem of lack of specialists there in UHKL and UM, I wrote an historical letter to the VC, the late Professor Husain Alatas.
As I had noticed about the controversies about his appointment as an outsider from NSU, Singapore and most of the local UM Department Heads were against him and attacking him I wrote something like this_
Although he would not know me, I knew his almost entire history. Ancestors were from Indonesia, his books, his job in Singapore, his political life as a founder of Garakan etc.
I continued with the list of Burmese specialists who applied in UM/UHKL who got the jobs in other countries and the inefficiency of UM/UHKL admin authorities and departments’ head who even failed to give the acknowledged receipts. I sent the copy of the acknowledged receipt from my letter to UK which arrived within seven days.
I asked why UM/UHKL failed to engaged with Burmese doctors and specialists when even Malaysian government is employing Burmese doctors as gov to gov contract and many Burmese doctors and specialists are working in other universities eg UKM, USM, UIA etc.
I questioned him about the few hundreds of vacancies could be filled up with the US or UK or Australian doctors as the salary his university could afford to pay is so low like the salary of ambulance drivers.
I commented his abilities as an academician in Singapore and the old lecturer of the present education minister and the inefficiency of the jealous officers of UM who are attacking him.
I advised him to tap the Brain Drain of Burma, to get a Brain Gain for Malaysia.
The rest is history, his PA called me to report and see the Anatomy Head of Department, he ordered to photostat my letter and to distribute to all the Heads of the Departments of UM/UHKL. At last they decided to go to Burma to recruit the specialists, although they resist my appointment and delayed for a log time, I was the first Medical Office and the first MSc student in UM/UHKL in the recent history. After they got the taste of the hard work of Burmese doctors they continue to engage the service of Burmese doctors and specialists and accepted many Burmese doctors (many of them are non Muslims as they are not Xenophobic or Racial like many doctors/specialists under General Ne Win’s government. Nowadays Myanmar Government is graciously allowing back the Myanmar Muslims to attend the post graduate courses and even my no. 8 and youngest brother, who was my student in Anatomy and Surgery is allowed to attend MSc and he is a consultant Cardiac Surgeon back there in Myanmar.
This great man later continue to work in UKM and became the patient and godfather of my brother-in-law, who was working as an MO in UKM clinic for students and staff. He introduce my brother to the Deputy PM and Home Minister to get the PR here.
Later my daughter studied in UM affiliated Royal Parak College of Medicine, studied 21/2 years of pre-clinical in UM campus and another 21/2 year of clinical studies in Ipoh. My favourite teacher/lecturer in Anatomy Dr U Soe Lwin became the lecturer of my daughter. Her another Anatomy lecturer Daw San san Thwin had worked together with me in Institute of Medicine Mandalay, when I was a demonstrator.
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|Motto:||Ilmu Punca Kemajuan|
|Motto inEnglish:||Knowledge is the Key to Progress|
|Chancellor:||HRH Sultan Azlan Shah|
|Vice-Chancellor:||Professor Datuk Dr Ghauth Jasmon|
|Pro-Chancellors:||HRH Raja Nazrin Shah
Toh Puan Dr Aishah Ong
Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob
|Undergraduates:||18,051 (AY 2008)|
|Postgraduates:||8,912 (AY 2008)|
|Location:||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
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|Affiliations:||ACU, APRU, ASAIHL, AUN|
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