Past Events

Steeling Up Against the Omicron Storm – Is Malaysia Prepared?

Over the last 2 years, the healthcare system in Malaysia has been challenged in terms of its resilience and preparedness throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and continues to evolve. After the deadlier Delta wave, the country is seen as better prepared to deal with Omicron surges since January 2022. Although the pandemic’s eventual endemicity is possible within sight, we must still be exercising caution and care against uncertainties lying ahead of us.

Join us at the 6th Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Annual Public Lecture delivered by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah, to find out if Malaysia is prepared for the Omicron storm!
See you on March 12, 2022! Stay tune!

Date: 12 March 2022, Saturday
Time: 2.30 pm
Venue: LIVE on Facebook (@Penanginstitute) and (wulientehpg) as well as on our YouTube channel (Penang Institute)
Co-organised by: The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society and Penang Institute
Note: No registration is required for this event. Simply tune in to the Livestream at the mentioned time.

About Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah:

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah is a Senior Consultant Surgeon in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Putrajaya Hospital, and has held the post of Director-General of Health Malaysia since March 2013. His area of expertise is in breast and endocrine cancers, with numerous published papers and textbook chapters in endocrine surgery. He trained in breast and endocrine surgery under the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Fellowship training programme and obtained his Master of Surgery and Medical Degrees from the National University of Malaysia (UKM).

He chairs multiple medical professional councils and national-level technical committees and is actively involved as a policymaker in global organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). He is also a Councillor-at-Large (2017-2021) in the Executive Board of the International Society of Surgery (ISS) and chairs the Global Surgery Committee of ISS. In March 2020, he was elected as the Chairman of the Asian Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah has been conferred numerous local and international awards, including the prestigious Fellowship Ad Hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2018 for his contributions toward healthcare. In 2019, he was given the honour to deliver the distinguished Martin Allgöwer Lecture at the 48th World Congress of Surgery in Krakow, Poland.

His special interest lies in enhancing universal healthcare coverage to marginalised communities and bringing personalised healthcare back to the community and home through digital technology and creative innovation.


2.30 – 2.35 pm: Welcoming by Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng, Executive Director of Penang Institute

2.35 – 2.45 pm: Officiation by Dato’ Seri Dr Anwar Fazal, President of The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society

2.45 – 3.00 pm: Presentation of paintings by Madam Lim, a local artist, to Dato’ Seri Dr Anwar Fazal in the presence of Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng & Presentation of the Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Award for Leadership in Public Health to Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah by Dato’ Seri Dr Anwar Fazal in the presence of Dato’ Dr Ooi Kee Beng and The Dr. Wu Lien-Teh Society.

3.00 – 3.45 pm: Lecture by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah

3.45 – 4.15 pm: Q&A