The PMPS (Penang Medical Practitioners’ Society) was founded in 1932 to represent local medical doctors in their dealing with bureaucracy of the ruling colonial government. This idea was establish by a small group of private practitioners where they want to increase the social venue among doctors and one of them was Dr.Lim Swee Leong, the former president of PMPS in 1934. At the time of the formation of the society, Mr A.M. Goodman, Resident Councillor of Penang, former Chinese Affairs Secretory in Singapore was a very important figure as he started trying to get the doctors to come together to form a group whom he could sound for their views. He respected the medical community, and eventually for their services, private practitioner were rewarded by the government.
The membership of the Society shall consists of the following categories
Ordinary membership shall be open primarily to all fully registered private medical practitioners residing or practicing in the state of Penang. Ordinary members who subsequently cease to fulfill the above requirements shall automatically be transferred to the associate membership list.
Honorary membership may be conferred by the Society on members of the medical profession who have distinguished themselves by some meritorious and outstanding service in the field of Medicine or have brought credit to the medical profession by virtue of their contribution to the community or the nation.
Any registered private practitioner residing or practicing in the state of Penang and those who are already members of the Society , may apply to join the Society as a life member by payment of a sum not less than 10 times the annual subscription fee, and shall have the right to vote, or to hold office of the Association.
Associate membership may be conferred by the Society at the discretion of the Committee to doctors who are:
a) Neither practicing nor residing in Penang or
b) Not private practitioners
Ordinary and Associate members who intend to leave Malaysia for a period of more than a calendar year may apply to be placed on the absent members list, provided that all the dues have been paid.
Ordinary/Associate members who have been members for at least 5 years and have reached the age of 65 years shall be placed on the Senior Membership list.