June 20, 2015

Sleeping on the Job

April 21, 2015

Pink Women Day 2015 at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre, Penang


There was a flash of pink at the Free Breast Prosthesis & Mastectomy Bra Scheme session organised at the Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre recently.

The event was organised in collaboration with the National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia (LPPKN), Can-Care Health System and Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA).

Pink Women Day at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre on Macalister Road, Penang

The event attended by nurses and health professionals provided an opportunity to find out more about the scheme which has benefited many cancer survivors in Malaysia.  

The campaign emphasised on the disease awareness, importance of screening and postsurgery care.
The centre’s chief executive officer Dr Mary C. H. Quah, said: “Detecting breast cancer early is key to keeping women alive while proper care ensures women have good quality of life after treatment."
LPPKN representative Dr Azura Bt. Abdullah said the board launched the scheme in April last year. She said as at January, about 750 patients from hospitals in Penang were eligible for the scheme. 
LPPKN would also hand out free breast prostheses and bras by CanCare, the main supplier for breast prosthesis in Penang.

Its sales director, Damien Loke, said: “Successful applicants will have to attend a fitting session for a prosthesis and bra set. “Wearing a perfect fit set is important as it helps maintain posture, reduce frozen shoulder and bring back confidence to the survivor,”

Newly diagnosed female breast cancer patients are welcomed to apply for the free prosthesis set.
Those who have undergone a single or double mastectomy in either government or private hospitals, with a household income of less than RM5,000 per month and had never received the aid, can apply.
Among Friends Cancer Support Group president, Chee Goon Hoe, who is also a cancer survivor, said: “As cancer does not show any symptoms in early years, it is best to go for regular checkups.”

Chee (right) with another cancer survivor Mui Siew Koon
To increase breast cancer awareness, the centre is providing an outreach programme with free clinical breast examination to all Penangites together with BCWA via its Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information (Murni).
Penang Health Care Event - Pink Women Day 2015 at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre, Penang
 Dr Quah and Dr Azura (right) given a tour of Murni

Since its inception in 2011, Murni, equipped with early detection and supportive care tools, has reached out to 4,235 women for clinical breast examination and 8,331 more women for breast self-examination in outlying areas and rural communities nationwide.   
Penang Health Care Event - Pink Women Day 2015 at Loh Guan Lye Specialists Centre, Penang by CK Lam

* This is a reproduction of my article published in The Malay Mail

September 30, 2014

‘The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang’ launched by Chief Minister of Penang, Y.A.B. Tuan Lim Guan Eng


Hokkien Kongsi, Penang held their 158th Anniversary Dinner on 6th September 2014 at Chinese Recreation Club Restaurant Penang.

Khoo Kay Hock, the chairman of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang welcomed the guests in his opening speech which highlighted the launching of the brand new book titled ‘The Story of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang’ and the presentation of Title Deed to Chooi Bee Keong Temple in Jalan Tanjung Tokong.

 Hokkien Kongsi Penang Chairman Khoo Kay Hock presenting the opening speech

Present to witness this milestone in the history of Hokkien Kongsi in Penang was Y.A.B.Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang. The Chief Minister presented a speech and launched the new book.

Y.A.B.Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang delivering his speech

 The launching of the book on Hokkien Kongsi, Penang

The hardcover book features exclusive photos and in depth information of the migration of the forefathers from Fujian, China to Penang and the development of the Goh Tai Seh Kongsis, namely Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh. The five kongsis located in the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown have helped Penang gain recognition by UNESCO as one of the world Heritage Sites on 7th July 2008. 

The book published by The Phoenix Press Sdn Bhd is priced at RM100. Proceeds from the sale of the books will go towards the major renovation of Cheng Leong Keong Temple in Jelutong (better known as Tai Tay Yah Am).

The book of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang launched on 6th September 2014 by Y.A.B.Tuan Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang

September 14, 2014

Sending Messages

We use email so often it has become part of our life. Will we ever use "e-smoke" to send messages to the other world?

September 09, 2014

Carnival Time at the Batu Ferringhi

Let the show begin.........

and the dance

September 05, 2014

Catch of the Day

Sunset at Tanjung Bungah, Penang

Sunset at the beaches are always spectacular on a clear day. There are always pocket of quaint areas around Tanjung Bungah  where one can enjoy the colorful skyline as the sun goes down the horizon.

August 24, 2014

Local Fruits at Chowrasta Market, George Town, Penang

Slicing of the Jackfruit or Nangka 

Amrah (spondias dulcis) commonly known by the local as "Ambala" fruit


Passion Fruits

Rose Apple (apple guava) or simply "Jambu" by the locals

Pitahaya (pitaya) and local call it Dragon Fruit

August 09, 2014

When the Sun Goes Down in George Town, Penang

Cross road of Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling with Eu Yan Sang Building in front

Back lane between Jalan Kampung Malabar and Lebuh Campbell

Church Street Pier at Weld Quay