KOTA KINABALU: While she might not be the first Malaysian woman to be an associate professor at Oxford University, Dr Masliza Mahmod reckoned both the real holder of the title and her would continue to make the country proud.
Clarifying some misinformation carried out in online news and even congratulatory postings, Dr Masliza set the record straight by highlighting that Dr Cheah Phaik Yeong has been Associate Professor since 2016.
“Let us congratulate her on being the first Malaysian woman to achieve this at Oxford University.
“Together as Malaysian women, we both will continue to keep Malaysia on the map. Congratulations to her!,” wrote Dr Masliza on Facebook on Monday.
Last week, reports said that the cardiologist became the first Malaysian woman to become an Oxford University don.
However, it was later clarified that she was the first Malaysian Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at Oxford University.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had also congratulated Dr Masliza.
Meanwhile, Dr Cheah has been working for Oxford University since 2005 but has been based in Bangkok, since 2007.
The 46-year-old Penangite currently heads the Department of Bioethics and Engagement, which works on ethical issues arising from conducting research and working with vulnerable populations such as children, pregnant women, migrants as well as other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach populations.
Dr Cheah, in a short WhatsApp message to The Star, also congratulated Dr Masliza on her appointment.
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