Live long and prosper: Malaysians wish Health DG a very happy birthday


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  • Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. – MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PETALING JAYA: In a national outpouring of love and gratitude, Malaysians are taking to social media in droves to wish Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah many happy returns of the day.

The Health director-general, who has been dubbed a "trusted face" by the nation in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, turns 57 on Tuesday (April 21).

In an earlier report, Dr Noor Hisham had a special request for his birthday: "... the most special gift for me will be if Malaysians remain staying at home and observe high hygiene standards."

On Monday night (April 20), The Star's Facebook post about the internationally-renowned doctor's heartfelt wish was flooded with over 1,000 positive reactions within just five minutes, which later ballooned to over 6,000 within the hour.

At the time of writing, news of the top doctor's request has garnered over 13,000 reactions on The Star's Facebook page alone, coupled with well over 1,600 well wishes and nearly 2,000 shares.

In his comment on the post, Amirul Asyraf said the news pulled at his heartstrings.

"Happy birthday Doc Noor Hisham. His birthday wishes truly gives me tears to my eyes, he don't ask (for) much but BEGGING us to continue to stay home for the sake of ourselves too!" he added.

Harry Harvin was one of a few commenters who found an inspiring commonality with the beloved medical personality: "Happy Birthday Dr... we share the same birthday... hopefully someday I will be someone excellent like you and serve the nation... thank you and your team so much for the efforts fighting this pandemic... Enjoy your birthday and all the best."

Kathy Goon wished the good doctor health and longevity: Thank you for your dedication and the excellent job that you have been doing in keeping us all well informed of the situation during this challenging time... God bless and stay safe and healthy at all times."

In his birthday wish, David Varughese hoped Dr Noor Hisham would get to enjoy some time off: "You have literally been this nation's life saver!! Keep up the excellent work. Hope you get to take some time off work tomorrow to enjoy your birthday. You deserve it!"

Like many other commenters, Michael Tham said he would honour the doctor's birthday wish: "My wife and I we will stay at home for your birthday wish!! God bless you. You're a good man!!"

Over on Twitter, #Happy BirthdayDGHisham was a top trending topic.

The Star's Twitter share of his heartfelt wish met with thousands of Likes and Retweets, numbering over 6,000 total.

In her birthday wish, tweeter @naddharun praised the doctor for his dedication: "Happy birthday @DGHisham! You have been a great inspiration to all of us and thank you so much for your hard work in helping us fight Covid-19."

Another tweeter, @bakzal11, said Dr Noor Hisham's efforts are the pride of the nation: "Happy birthday @DGHisham. You have made us proud and Malaysia among the best country in handling Covid-19 crisis".

The same sentiment was echoed on The Star's official Instagram account, where his wish for the nation garnered well over 4,000 likes in less than 12 hours.

Instagram user @nbellejoseph had a charming wish for the doctor: "At 57 you still look so handsome and sweet... many happy returns of the day doc, you are the best."

As for @afakhruls, he found Dr Noor Hisham to be a "good example", and included the following in his heartfelt birthday wish: "'Work for a cause, not for applause'. He demonstrates this clearly."

Dr Noor Hisham, who has a Masters in Surgery and a medical degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, joined the civil service as a medical officer in August 1988.

He has been the health director-general since 2013.

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