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SEGi University’s faculty of medicine at Sibu hospital is creating medical history with a robust influx of medical students being clinically trained by specialist lecturers in the Sarawakian small town. Taken from my Facebook posting on 31 Oct 2018.

SIBU AS A MEDICAL TRAINING HUB! It was overdue, but I finally got to do a tour of SEGi University’s faculty of medicine’s sub-campus at Sibu Hospital, and met the 20-odd specialist lecturers stationed there. Associate Dean Prof Dr Mohamad Raili Suhaili and the team, with good support from Director of Sibu Hospital Dr Ngiam Hie Ung, ensure the learning experience is exemplary for the 250 medical students currently doing their clinical training there. I’m sure our 200-odd graduates from the previous 3 cohorts would have fond memories of Sibu wherever they’re now posted. I reminded the lecturers our students needed to be coached in communication skills as well. I’ve encountered doctors who could have been more tactful or expressive. We hope to produce doctors who can give the best medical care as well as the right verbal assurances that patients need. I’m elated my effort to make my tiny hometown a medical training hub is bearing fruit.


Selected followers’ comments:

Cornelius Lo: The fruit of your effort goes far beyond successfully making Sibu one of the medical training hubs. Saved lives and the sick getting healed are the greater fruits yet to come.

Linda Cheung: Who’d have imagined that Sibu can become a medical training hub? Congrats for the good work, Tan Sri

Muhammad Aqil Deraman: Wow, contributing back to your hometown. For most of us, our only contributions to our hometowns is traffic jam when we balik kampung for festives or to meet our folks!


My other FB postings between 29 Oct 2018 and 4 Nov 2018:

29 Oct 2018

THOSE CONFUSING DRESS CODES: It’s an accepted practice that in boardrooms and important business meetings, there’s a need for some tactfulness and respect, and that means what we wear plays a part. A person obviously can’t come dressed in his favourite pair of ripped jeans and depend on his brainpower to make a good impression. At this HCK Capital Group board meeting, my fellow directors and I appear to follow the standard dress code of formal wear. Of course we now hear of technology companies whose CEOs and key players work, meet and make billion dollars deals wearing round-neck shirts, pullovers and jeans. I normally dress informally, for comfort rather than appearance, to office, discussions and even functions. It’s easy to get confused with the various terms, like Smart Casual, Black Tie, White Tie, Lounge Suit, Cocktail and to dress accordingly. If I’ve my way, the best and easiest dress code is No Dress Code.


Selected followers’ comments:

Linda Cheung: Men have it easier when it come to dressing. For women…. it can be a major headache!

Christopher Tan: Dress smart – what does that exactly mean? Smart to whom?

Pat Tap: I should rather go with having a dress code as it is mind boggling to mix and match from head to toe every working day..
Have an energetic Monday Sir.. ☺☺


30 Oct 2018

WE JUST WANT A GOOD ENDING: The co-author of Billion Dollar Whale, Tom Wright, made a comment on my last FB posting on 1MDB, besides tweeting about it, remarking that Malaysian journalists played “a courageous role” in exposing Jho Low. (I didn’t expect my FB friends to include an award-winning American journalist & author). I’ve completed reading his book, and I’m impressed with the velocity and intensity of detective work put in to bring to light the ploys of the key players. And so the story continues to unfold. In the dock, apart from the ex PM, his wife, the legal tentacles have also roped in ex treasury sec-gen TS Irwan Serigar. Tom’s book developed the backgrounds, giving depth and drama to the 1MDB heist. And here, we’re seeing fresh implications and plot twists as more suspects are being hauled up. Malaysians are hoping for an unsurprising ending to the entire drama – that the good triumphs over evil.


Selected followers’ comments:

Stella Lagan: make it happen, incarcerate all the villains that cause so much pain to Malaysia then only i can say the book has serve a good purpose to promote justice.

Kpo Junnie: Whatever we do,always remember that it will come around someday. After all is said and done honesty is the policy.

Lynnette Seet: Well said t=Tan Sri, fat whale actually offered to help recover back the stolen money with condition that he will not be charged if he returns. Everything happened bcos of greed.


1 Nov 2018

NEVER TOO LATE TO WORK OUT: It’s not uncommon to see seniors in their 50s, 60s and even older, doing physical activities in parks and recreation areas. Obviously, it’s never too late to start exercising, and it’s said that those who begin to work out in their later years appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability. There’s no need to be stuck in the mindset that exercise is only for the young. Decades back, I scrapped enough money to buy a weight training workstation. Pumping muscles at home was fun for a full few weeks, then the machine was used to hang my towels. I registered for gym membership once, and had only sore muscles and bruised motivation to show for it. So, most days, my only exercise now is diving … into my bed. There’s this stigma that our bodies are working against us as we get older. What are you doing about it?


Selected followers’ comments:

Mike Hosc: Morning n Greetings Mr Hii. Talking about exercise, nothing beats the dancing group ladies in the park in China. It’s easy to learn n with so many companion dancing, you won’t get bored.

Oliver Rengga: Workout is important to our physical n mental health. At our age, moderation is important n walking for an hour daily, is a good workout. Have a nice day Clement.

Kah Koay: My type 2 diabetes has been completely reversed ever since I started exercising everyday!


2 Nov 2018

LOOKING SOMEONE IN THE EYES: The other day, I had a discussion with a potential business partner who almost never looked at me during the entire conversation. Either he was feeling weird or nervous, I wouldn’t know, but I think this sort of body language isn’t helpful for him. Making good eye contact is a social skill many people seem to be struggling with. Back in my early years in KL, I would often look away when people met my graze, as though I was afraid they would look into and see my soul. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that it’s not what you say, but how you say it that matters. People form connections through eye contact, and the higher-level grazer could be perceived as more dominant or warm. But too much staring (and also at the wrong places 😜) can give people the creeps. I think how much eye contact is considered normal probably depends on whether it’s a business discussion, a social or intimate talk. Do you ever have trouble looking people in the eyes?


Selected followers’ comments:

Ong Phaik Kim: Our eyes is the window to our soul! At times, You can tell a person character by looking into their eyes!

Jamel Rajah James: I think we asian have problems directly into eyes. Especially at boss or nagging wife while talking. Ooops ! Sorry ladies.

Ivy Lim: When I talk to man, I prefer to stare into their eyes…to lock their eyes right there so that it will not roam below my neck. If it start to roam, I will cut the conversation short.


3 Nov 2018

A PERFECT PARENT OR A REAL PARENT? I’m always bemused by parents who constantly keep their children in sight, like they’re a bundle of pure gold. They hang around in the school corridors to peep at their little offsprings in class, and there’re those who follow their grown-up children to their first job interviews – yes, you’ve heard it right. “Helicopter parents” are those who can’t let go, and keep hovering over their kids. I feel they’re clearly doing more harm than good. To be fair, we can consider them to be a little bit better than the “MIA parents,” those who totally don’t care and leave it to the school and society to take care of them. Speaking as an educator and edu-prenuer, I hope you don’t fall into either category. There’s no such thing as a perfect parent or a standard parenting process, but I feel the “real parent” is one who allows the child to meet the real experiences of life, with its thorns and roses.

Selected followers’ comments:

Lee Keen Kung: Different stages of life. Buildup their learning foundation, give them your guidance and when time comes , to let go leaving your nest but ensure they will love to come back again n again.

Linda Cheung: There are many part-time parents. Sometimes, I think the maids know the kids better than biological parents do!

Shenna Dot: You are an educator yourself, Tan Sri, so you know what childhood education is all about.’


4 Nov 2018

WHEN SUFFERING IS A CHOICE: I’m both amazed and inspired by the courage shown by my sister-in-law Wong Pik Hah, 69, in the face of misfortune and fear. She lost her spouse, my 4th brother Chee Ong to cancer, only to discover 2 years later that she also has the dreaded disease. My sibling’s demise was devastating to all of us, more so to the widow and their 5 children, including UTAR lecturer Siew Chen. It usually takes time for surviving spouses to make sense of their loss, and stop any dive into despair. They would still be around, but fading, unless they work hard to rebuild their lives. The added whammy for my sister-in-law was the serious side effects of her own treatment regime. But never once has she complained, as she handles her malady quietly and smilingly. There’re those who know they can’t stop the pain, but they can choose not to suffer.

Selected followers’ comments:

Lee Swee Lian: Most important to be happy.My brother and sister,-in-law too is suffering from cancer and also lost his son while skiing in Australia.

Latha Ravindran: Let God give her the courage to face this. Cancer is dreaded by all of us yet it creeps in unexpectedly and turns life 360 degrees. Losing a loved one is the most painful thing.

Ho Carmen: She made d ‘right’ choice for d sake of all. A strong lady indeed. Speedy recovery to u, Mdm Wong Pik Hah..