History of MDA

YEAR 2019

MDA President Message June 2019 by Dr Ng Woan Tyng

YEAR 1998

In 1998 the 5th FDI/MDA Scientific Convention and the Kongsi Raya dinner were organised.

The 55th MDA AGM and Scientific Convention was held at the Awana Kijal Beach and Golf Resort from 14th to 17th May 1998.

YEAR 1997

In 1997 the MDA organised the 4th FDI/MDA Scientific Convention and the 54th MDA AGM/BSGDS Scientific Convention. The MDA’s home page was officially launched.

This year saw the inaugural diplomates presentation ceremony with the DGDP examination, which was followed by a formal dinner.

The MDA/SDA Fellowship was held at Genting Highlands.

YEAR 1996


The 3rd FDI/MDA Scientific Convention was held in Kuala Lumpur in January 1996.

The 53rd AGM on the convocation ceremony of the FICD was held concurrently.

The CDA-MDA Scientific Congress and Trade Exhibition – 25-30 June 1996 was held at the PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

YEAR 1995


The 53rd AGM on the convocation ceremony of the FICD was held concurrently.

On the 26th of October 1995 MDA’s bid to host the 89th FDI World Dental Congress was accepted.

YEAR 1994

 On the 24th of March the MDA celebrated its Golden Jubilee with the charity dinner and launched the MDA history book.

In that year the first FDI/MDA/SDA Joint Convention in Kuala Lumpur and the 51st AGM held at Langkawi.

YEAR 1993


The Dental Trade Newsletter was published.

The 49th AGM was held in Kuching, Sarawak.

MDA, MMA, FOMCA & MPS adopt the Patients Charter. In addition MDA also acquired a 4-story shop lot in Damansara Jaya.

A new look full colour MDA News was launched.

On the 24th of April the 16th APDC was held in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur.

YEAR 1991

 In April 1991 the inaugural meeting of the Commonwealth Dental Association was held in Kuala Lumpur and Dr. A. Ratnanesan was elected President-Elect.

YEAR 1987

On the 1st of March 1987 the MDA acquired a floor in Plaza Damansara to house the present secretariat.

YEAR 1982

The first MDA/SDA Joint Scientific Congress & Dental Trade Exhibition was held in 1982.

YEAR 1979

In 1979 the MDA foundation was incorporated and it purchased a 3?-story shop lot in Jalan Klang Lama.

In April MDA was then given the privilege to host the 9th APDC and the FICD induction ceremony.

YEAR 1976


1975 AGM Scientific Convention.

YEAR 1975


YEAR 1974


President Dr. De Silva installed Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Abdul Razak, first Prime Minister as Patron of the Malaysian Dental Association on 19th April 1974.

Dr. Lim Chee Shin assumed the Presidency and for the first time the MDA had Secretariat with a paid employee.

MDA made history in 1974 being the first foreign dental mission to visit China.

YEAR 1972


The 29th AGM was held on the 19th of April 1972.

YEAR 1967

 Upon Malaysia and Singapore going separate way The Singapore Dental Association was born on the 24th of March 1967.

The 24th Annual General Meeting was held in Singapore on 25th March 1967, ‘the first and last time’ it was to be held ‘away’.

YEAR 1966


In 1966 the AGM was held in Penang.

YEAR 1963


The MDA celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1963.

The Association was honoured to play host to the 4th Asian Pacific Dental Federation Congress in Singapore.

The Malayan Dental Association underwent a metamorphosis and become the Malaysian Dental Association.

YEAR 1961


In 1961 the Malayan Dental Journal is launched with Mr. J. A. Jansen as the editor.

A code of Ethics was formulated and adopted in 1961 stressing the responsibilities of dentists of their patients, colleagues and the dental profession.

YEAR 1960

 At the 17th Annual General Meeting held in Singapore on 15 April 1960 four distinguished Colleague who had brought distinction to the Association by their outstanding services and contribution to the Association and the dental profession were unanimously elected Honorary Members of the Association. They were:

Mr. Ong Kee Yeam

Mr. Tay Teck Eng

Encik Abdul Karim

Mr. Leong Min On

YEAR 1949

 By 1949 the MDA had 3 branches.

YEAR 1948

In 1948 Dr Ong Kee Yeam took over the Presidency.

YEAR 1947

The first Malayan Dental Bulletin made its appearance in 1947 with Mr. M. Subramaniam as the editor.

YEAR 1946

With the surrender of the access powers are the end of the war, the revival of the MDA was initiated. The Ordinary Meeting was held on Saturday 9th February 1946 at the Dental Clinic, Kandang Kerbau Hospital, Singapore.

YEAR 1941

With the World War II looming the last recorded meeting was held on the 4th of October 1941 at Institute of Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur.

Institute of Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, 1941

YEAR 1940

The 2nd president Mr. C. F. Mummery proposed the professional of dental care for the masses. By then 82% of the qualified dentists were members of the association.

YEAR 1939

On the 4th of March 1939 the first Annual General Meeting held at Dental Clinic, Singapore Central Hospital.

YEAR 1938

The history of the Malaysian Dental Association began on the 2nd of September 1938 by the Malayan Dental Association, which was officially inaugurated at a special meeting held in the Dental Clinic, General Hospital Singapore.

Objectives of the MDA

  • To promote the art and science of dentistry
  • To maintain the honour and interest of the Association
  • To foster a feeling of friendship among its members
  • To hold periodical meetings for the discussion of scientific subjects and of professional matters