Finally we made it! A book of 250 pages, with 165 photographs and portraits, in hard cover, complete with jacket and casing, documenting the 55-year history of the Malaysian Medical Association was completed in May 2015. Initially intended to be a publication commemorating 50 years of the MMA, it did not take off then due to other pressing issues facing the Council at that time. The project was shelved. A relook at the project was made somewhere in early 2014 and the Council of Prof Dato’ Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan approved a revival of the book. Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh, then Hon. General Secretary invited me to work along with him on the project. That was the start of a year of hard work, difficulties, road blocks, nonetheless satisfying at the end!
We appointed the Publishers, who offered a very reasonable price for 2,000 copies of the book. We accepted that offer. But as work progressed, we noted that it was a tough call! We roped in Past Presidents Dr David Quek, Prof Dato’ Dr Tharmaseelan, former Wilayah Branch Chairperson Dr Azizan Aziz and as ex-officio Dr Ravi Naidu, into the Editorial Board.
It was decided early, the book will document the founding of the Malaysian (then Malayan) Medical Association, its founding fathers, the progress and development over 55 years, ending in the year 2014. Hence, within that scope, the book has finally taken a very national perspective. We have given emphasis to those who had served in the build-up of the Association, and are no longer with us. A full gallery of the Past Presidents has been created.
The MMA does not have an archives unit, or a dedicated officer responsible for the archives, hence much time was spent ‘’digging’’ up materials here and there! Fortunately, a publication: The History of MMA: The First 35 Years published in 1995 was available. Annual Reports, the Berita MMA, and interviews with Past Presidents and Senior Members of the MMA helped. We thank all of them.
The Publishers, had all in all, produced 12 drafts! Dato’ Dr R.S. McCoy, Dato’ Dr V. Thuraisingham, and Tan Sri Dr Mani Jegathesan assisted in the final review of the drafts, and we are indebted to them. Despite all the caution, the ‘Printer’s Devil’ still made its appearance, and we had to correct a few errors after the final printing!
YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak in his message traces the close relationship his father had with the MMA. The late Tun Abdul Razak as Prime Minister had officiated the opening of the MMA house and Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib has continued maintaining a close association with the MMA.
Very fittingly, the Foreword to the book is written by a very senior Doctor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a Founder Member of the MMA and the one Medical Doctor who led the Nation as Prime Minister for 22 years. In a very personal foreword, Tun writes about his joining the MMA as a young Medical Officer, later becoming a Life Member, and serving the MMA Council under the Presidency of Dato’ Dr A.W.E. Moreira as the Representative of the Northern Region of the MMA.
A message by the Minister of Health YB Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, a Life Member of the Association and a former Chairman of the MMA Melaka Branch completes the invited messages.
Thirtieth of June, 2015 will be etched in the annals of the MMA. YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak launched the book in a simple yet historic ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister at Putrajaya.
The event was also attended by the Minister of Health YB Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Health Tan Sri Farida Bt Mohd Ali, and the Director General of Health Services Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and the Deputy Director of Health (Medical) Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran. The MMA Council led by the President Dr Ashok Philip and members of the Editorial Board were present. The event was given wide coverage in the print and electronic media.
The books are now available for sale at the MMA Secretariat. Please contact either Ms Rissa, Ms Sakthi or Ms Rafidah @ +603-4041 1375 to get your hands on the MMA Fifty Five Years (1959-2014) Book.
Price = Self Pickup - RM 50 | Postage - RM 90 / RM 110
- Courier Charges - RM 40 (Peninsular) / RM 60 (Sabah&Sarawak)
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