YAB MR. LIM GUAN ENG
Chief Minister of Penang
Official Opening of PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre Seberang Jaya
17 March 2015
It gives me great pleasure to be here today for the official opening of this new PMC Clinical Skills and Education Centre in Seberang Jaya. I am grateful to the Board of Directors of PMC and the RCSI-UCD Management for the honour they have bestowed on me in inviting me to grace and officiate at the Opening Ceremony of this Centre. I am particularly pleased to welcome our distinguished guests from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin as today is St Patrick’s Day, the National Holiday of Ireland.
Penang has its own St. Patrick Day’s parade that mirrors the fantastic diversity of our ethnicities in our Penang Community. I would like to say “Kayd Meela Fawl che” to everyone which is Irish language for hundred thousand welcomes!
On behalf of the State of Penang, congratulations to Penang Medical College and their joint-owners, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin for their remarkable progress over the years.
I understand that PMC students are exclusively attached to Hospital Seberang Jaya as well as Hospital Pulau Pinang. To have two of the world’s oldest and leading medical schools, RCSI and UCD, approximately 230 years and 160 years respectively, working with local public hospitals through PMC is a great joy for us. Not only will their participation ensure PMC’s graduate doctors are globally recognised but it will also encourage knowledge and expertise sharing to meet the standards of the Irish Medical Council as well as other international standards. It is the State’s expectation for PMC-RCSI-UCD and Hospital Seberang Jaya to continue fostering this close relationship that will benefit not only the community in Penang and Malaysia but also students from all over the world.
As an added bonus, I know that many of PMC’s graduate doctors return to work in Malaysian hospitals and this can only mean the eventual improvement of our healthcare system. This can only further the State’s and Country’s reputation for quality healthcare and advance medical tourism industry.
And this year, for the first time in its history, PMC, RCSI and UCD are offering scholarships amounting to over RM2 million in totals, for Malaysian students applying to enter PMC in September 2015. We look forward to the announcement of the inaugural recipients of these scholarships this year.
It is a great honour for us that PMC students graduate with Irish medical degrees and that PMC is the only medical school outside the EU whose graduates can apply for internship in Ireland. Also, students who have undergone housemanship or internship at any one of our Malaysian Government Hospitals will also be recognised by the Irish Medical Council.
We in Penang gives assurances to two basic rights to education – the right to pursue excellence and get recognition, and the right of freedom of opportunity to be the best we want to be. You are free to be what you are or wear what you like in Penang.
PMC, to date, has more than 1,200 graduates and we expect to see growing international appeal as we move towards achieving global education hub status. Congratulations on the opening of PMC Clinical Skills & Education Centre in Seberang Jaya, as we look forward to the future of PMC.