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SEGi Sibu to take first batch of medical students

by Philip Wong, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on November 3, 2013, Sunday

BRAVE HEART: Hii presents the Brave Heart Award to physically-handicapped student Kenny Chuo Hock Chai. From second and third left are Tan and Clifford.

SIBU: The first batch of 50 medical students will do their clinical training at Sibu Hospital beginning January next year, SEGi International Berhad (SEGi) group managing director Tan Sri (Dr) Clement Hii said.

Hii said these 50 students had completed their first and second year studies at SEGi University and would do their third and fourth years at the Medical Sibu campus to be set up at the hospital.

He said the second and third batch of medical students coming here to do their clinical training would follow suit in 2015 and 2016.

“All this is aimed at making Sibu an education hub for medical studies in the years to come,” said Hii who was speaking at the annual Speech Day of SMK Sacred Heart held here yesterday morning.

Among those at the function included Right Reverend Thomas Connor, guest-of-honour Clifford Hii, president of Sacred Heart Old Students Association Robert Lau and principal Stephen Tan.

Being a Foochow born in Sibu, Hii said he had all these years been pondering on what he could do to help Sibu grow. ‘It then dawned on me that Sibu urgently needs a medical school,” he said.

Hii said he approached the Health Ministry and soon got an approval to set up a Medical Sibu campus at the Sibu General Hospital and the rest, as they say, is history.

Hii said a medical hub was the least he could do, to help Sibu grow and prosper.

“There are many people who only know how to talk but never do but there are also some who do a lot but seldom talk,” he said, adding it was these people who contributed to society but seldom glorify their achievements that deserve our appreciation.

Hii also reminded the people to be passionate in whatever they invest in. “If you are passionate in what you are doing, then you can learn fast and the road to success is also faster to achieve,” he added.

When he first ventured into business, Hii said he always heard jibes from people judging and laughing on his ability to excel.

“Many also looked down on me and would never believe that I can make headway in life. To those who do not believe that I can become a successful businessman, I have to thank them because without these critics, I would not have become what I am today,” he said to his detractors.

Hii said he had learnt about hardship and how people used to laugh at him in his early days as a business entrepreneur.

“Believe me, people will laugh at you because you are different but in the end, you will have the last laugh because others are all the same,” he added.

Earlier, school principal Stephen Tan also talked about the achievements of the school in the past years.

“After 33 years of running double-session, the school has returned to a single session with the new building complex. All the classrooms are fully utilised. This is the greatest achievement for this year,” Stephen added.

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