MLF History

How it all started

When I returned from London in 1992, after spending 2 years at the Royal Free Hospital under the tutelage and supervision of  world- renowned hepatologists, Dame Sheila Sherlock and Dr. Andy Burroughs, I had a wish list:

  • to set up the first dedicated liver unit in Malaysia,
  • to create greater awareness of liver diseases amongst Malaysians and
  • to make Malaysia well known amongst the international liver scientific community so that our country can attract research and collaboration and participate in international consultations and discussions pertaining to liver diseases.


It was fortunate for me that when I got back, Malaysia was in fact preparing to organise the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of Liver Disease (APASL) meeting to be held for the first time in our country. I was roped in to be one of the committee members as the Organisers heard that there was this “new kid on the block” who had just returned from London after training in Hepatology. The APASL committee meetings were held at Pantai Medical Centre in Bangsar and was ably chaired by the late YBhg. Dato’ Balasegaran, the famous liver surgeon who later became a respected colleague. The meeting attracted many international luminaries. Amongst them were Okuda, Shiv Sarin, Roger Williams etc.


We decided to invite YBhg. Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir (now Tun M) to be the chief guest and he graciously obliged. The meeting was a huge success. I was in fact excited and galvanised by the event and made a personal vow to venture more into the world of hepatology by organising more liver meetings, giving scientific talks, attending international liver meetings, conducting research in liver diseases and publishing articles in local and international peer-reviewed medical journals. Some I could do as a clinician with the Ministry of Health (MOH) but a lot more could be done outside the MOH. So I discussed with some colleagues friends about forming the Malaysian Liver Foundation (MLF), especially after a visit made to the Prime Minister, YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir, who challenged us to set up a liver institute.


Colleagues who contributed to the earlier discussion on the setting up of MLF included  Dr. Yin Thing Phee, YBhg. Datuk Dr. Harjit Singh, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Nor Shahidah Khairullah, YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Robert Ding and YBhg. Dato’ JC Mehta.



The Malaysian Liver Foundation was registered in April 1996. Its formation was the result of increased interest in the topic of liver diseases in Malaysia after a regional conference, and the encouragement of the Malaysian Prime Minister, YA Bhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who was concerned about the implications hepatitis and liver cancer had for the nation.


Once a group of committed specialists from the Malaysian Society of Gastroenterology and Hepatology had agreed to form the MLF, they invited the Prime Minister to become the Foundation's Patron and were delighted when he accepted.


Since then, the Foundation has worked to educate the Malaysian public and health-care providers about liver diseases, particularly hepatitis and liver cancer.


Official Opening Of Malaysian Liver Foundation’s New Office

The Malaysian Liver Foundation (MLF) has finally achieved its historical fulfillment in obtaining its own premises, which is located at No. 26 Block C, Jalan PJU 1A/3, Taipan Damansara 2, Ara Damansara in Petaling Jaya.


The donation of this building was made possible through the Yayasan Azman Hashim and also due to the generosity, benevolence and magnanimous support of our trustee, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Azman Hashim.


The Patron of the MLF, Y.A.Bhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad being the Guest-of-Hounour officiated the opening of our new premises on 3rd February 2010. This momentous occasion was shared by our trustees, namely Y.A.Bhg. Tun Mohammed Hanif Bin Omar, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Datuk Paduka Dr. Hajjah Saleha Bte Hj. Mohd Ali, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Azman Hashim and Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Ramon V. Navaratnam who represented Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah.