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Kuala Lumpur — A heartwarming reunion recently took place as esteemed alumni from the Class of 1973 returned to their alma mater for a nostalgic tour of the Faculty of Medicine as part of the Alumni Meet: Class of 1973 Golden Jubilee Homecoming which was held on 10 June 2023. The event brought together prominent alumni, their families, faculty members and students in a celebration full of fond memories.

The event left an indelible mark on those present as alumni from the Class of 1973 embraced the opportunity to reconnect, reminisce, and honour their remarkable accomplishments. This event showcased the enduring impact of this exceptional cohort on the medical field and their unwavering dedication to inspiring students to continue making strides in the field.

The ceremony was graced by an opening speech delivered by Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, who warmly welcomed the beloved alumni to a truly heartfelt and momentous occasion where alumni reconnected with old friends and faculty members, sharing fond memories and stories from their time at the Faculty of Medicine. Laughter and joy filled the room as they reminisced about their shared experiences and remarkable journey together.

Stepping back into familiar halls and classrooms, memories came flooding back, evoking laughter and shared stories. The visit provided a unique opportunity to relive the transformative moments of their study, from late-night study sessions to collaborative projects and the unwavering support of faculty members. It was a journey that reignited their passion for medicine and reminded them of the profound impact their alma mater had on their lives. The tour served as a beautiful testament to the enduring connection between alumni and their cherished memories within the Faculty of Medicine.

" It was a pleasure and honour to host the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya’s Class of 1973 for their Golden Jubilee Homecoming.," said Professor Dr. April Camilla Roslani, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. " So much has changed since they were students here - many have gone on to greater things, or distant shores. What has not changed is the spirit of camaraderie and belonging. I was inspired by this cohort’s achievements, but even more so by their enduring bond. I would like to express my gratitude to Datuk Yeoh Poh Hong for reconnecting us. Many thanks also to the FOM team for making the vision a reality”

One of the alumni, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr. Chu a Soi Lek, who served as the former Minister of Health from 2004 to 2008, said, "I am happy that the main frame of the original faculty building and the positive spirit remains intact."

"Students need to express their feelings; they have the right to be emotionally happy in their study place," said Prof. Emerita Tan Sri Dato' Seri Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hassan Shahabudin, former Vice Chancellor of UKM.

The Alumni Meet: Class of 1973 Golden Jubilee Homecoming successfully brought together a community of trailblazers. The event's resounding success serves as a testament to the lasting bonds forged within the Faculty of Medicine and the enduring impact of the Class of 1973.