Education and early career

My father was a brilliant student. With a first class honours distinction in five subjects, at the age of 17, he won a scholarship to Hong Kong University to study medicine. He qualified with honours as a doctor aged 22 with very high ideals. It was his belief that he could benefit a larger number of people by specialising in Public Health. He held on firmly to the proverb that prevention was better than cure and travelled to England to study Tropical Medicine in London and Public Health at Cambridge. He returned to Hong Kong to take up the post of Assistant Medical Officer of Health at the Colonial Office in Great Smith Street. However, upon his return, the local Government discovered their error of awarding him the contract of an Englishman (with many more benefits than those awarded to the locals!) Their English contract incorporated a period of 9 months fully paid repatriate leave to England with first class travel every four years. The Colonial Office honoured the contract and as a result my father became a staunch Anglophile.

Fully instated and now earning a good salary, he sent money home to Penang to help support his brothers and sister and pay for their education.

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