ABOUT KASIH HOSPICE FOUNDATION
We are a non-governmental organization with a not-for-profit philosophy and our services are free of charge. We are recognized as a hospice service provider by public and private hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding region.
We assist people in maintaining control over their pain and symptoms, and provide home visitation service for people with life-limiting illness. We support people of all belief systems on a non-denominational and non-discriminatory basis.
To provide medical, emotional, and spiritual support for patients and their families, at hospitals or at the patient’s home.
To create public awareness and training of volunteers in hospice care
To provide a platform for volunteers to actualize spiritual cultivation as charitable practice.
Helping others through compassion to live well and die well.
Kasih Hospice Foundation serves those with life-threatening illness, and their families, through medical, emotional, and spiritual support based on compassion and skillful means.
With compassion, we serve.
Our journey began in September 1997, with 6 volunteers trained by the Venerable Pende Hawter (a monk and founder of the successful Karuna Hospice in Brisbane, Australia) and Dr. Rosalie Shaw (a surgeon and palliative care consultant, then President of Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network). Through time, our palliative care services have grown. Guided by compassion, we continue to strive to serve our patients, supported by 3 full-time doctors, 6 nurses, and a growing cohort of trained volunteers.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dato’ Dr Goh Pik Pin, an esteemed medical practitioner, has served as a doctor and Ophthalmologist since 1988. Dr. Goh is the current president of Kasih Hospice Foundation. Due to her previous experience in public hospitals, she found her calling in providing a free service for people who require end-of-life care, as well as encouraging the public to adopt a positive perspective towards the fear of dying. Alongside Mr. Wong Koei Onn and Dr. Siow Chih Peng, she founded Kasih Foundation in 1997. Her wish is to inspire more people to be aware of the impermanent nature of life and to be prepared to face death and dying with a positive outlook.
Mr Wong Koei Onn enjoyed a career as both an accountant and Auditor in Malaysia and the UK, before finding himself wishing to share his expertise in a way that helped others. After his retirement, he then became a pioneer volunteer in the creation of the hospice services division set up by the Losang Dragpa Buddhist Society in 1997. His hard work and dedication led him to becoming the Honorary Treasurer of Kasih Hospice Care Society, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, in 2005, and he has served Kasih in this post ever since.
Dr Siow Chih Peng has been involved with Kasih Hospice Care Society since 2006, serving as an executive committee member since 2007. She counts herself as drawing from a rich experience — after graduating from University College, Dublin, she worked as a doctor in both the UK and Malaysia. She continues to provide her service and expertise to Kasih Hospice as a Medical Administrator volunteer.
Mr Lau Beng Long is currently the Managing Director of Sunway Group Healthcare Services. He brings to Kasih more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare facility management and planning in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Aside from serving as a volunteer Board Member in Kasih Hospice Foundation, he is also undertaking the running of the volunteering board part in Mount Alvernia Hospital, Singapore and Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital, Penang, as well as serving as a Board Member of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia and Singapore Hospice Council.
Mr Liow Si Khoon, a legal practitioner, owns a boutique law firm in PJ, Selangor. He has been called to the Malaysian Bar, as well as the ACT and NSW Bars in Australia. He is a qualified and empanelled Adjudicator with the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC). He also sits as Chairman for the various disciplinary matters under the purview of the Disciplinary Board governing lawyers. He believes in the sanctity and reverence of Life and embraces the personal mantra of seizing the day!
Ms Yvonne Phe Kheng Peng is currently the Managing Director of Deutsche Bank Malaysia Berhad with more than 25 years of finance and banking experience. Whilst in banking, she seeks ways to be actively involved in many CSR programmes to help communities in need.
Ms Lee Oi Loon has been a member of Kasih Hospice Care Society since 2005. After graduating from University of Edinburgh, UK, with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry, she was a secondary school science teacher till 1993. She has also worked briefly as a therapist for children with learning challenges. Since 2009, she has been on the board of the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, a global charity based in the UK which creates courses and resources for cultivating universal human values.
OUR MEDICAL TEAM
Kasih Hospice Foundation has an experienced medical team, consisting of three palliative / hospice doctors and six palliative care nurses, serving under the supervision of our medical administrator.
We deliver our palliative care service by visiting our patient’s houses, aiming to help maximize their quality of life by managing pain and distressing symptoms.
DR VANITHA THANGARATNAM
PALLIATIVE CARE DOCTOR
MBBS, Dip. Palliative Care
Cert. Occ. Medicine
MMC No: 30452
DR SITI NOOR MUNIRAH IBRAHIM
FAMILY MEDICINE SPECIALIST /
MRCGP (UK), MBCHB (GLASGOW)
MMC No: 50746
DR WAN NUR FAYYADHAH WAN MUSA
MMC No: 68996
SN SUNITA KAUR
SN NURUL IZZA
SN TAN YONG YI
SN JENNIFER PACKIANATHAN
SN VIMALA VENNOO
OUR ADMIN TEAM
The KHF Administrative Team is a dedicated group hailing from diverse backgrounds. It consists of an admin manager, accounts officer, medicine coordinator, and operations coordinator, serving under our General Manager.
We support the Medical Team with both frontline and back-end support, dealing with volunteers, donors, caregivers, hospitals (for referrals), and the general public, doing our best to serve with efficiency, dignity, and compassion.