About PPSR


The Society was formerly known as the Malaysian Chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War- (MPPNW). However, it was felt that there were other issues which should engage the attention of the medical fraternity in this country apart from striving for peace and the abolishment of nuclear weapons. As a result it was decided that the previous society should give rise to a new society with more inclusive social, medical, legal and ethical issues on its agenda, and thus the Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibilty or PPSR was born.

The inaugural meeting was held on 24 September 2005 at the University of Malaya, under the auspices of the former Prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad who gave the Inaugural Address.

The Society was formally registered on 05 March 2007.

The first general meeting and launch of the Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility was held at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, on 24.4.2007 with the keynote address by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen. At the same time the Malaysian chapter of IPPNW of which PPSR is the affiliate took the opportunity to launch the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ( ICAN) for our country.

The objects of the Society are:

To act as a non-partisan, independent society of physicians who shall work towards peace, justice, human security/rights, human dignity and ecological sustainability, both locally and globally, through research, education and advocacy.

To instill the values of ethical professional practice, promote equity in health care, and strengthen the role of physicians in achieving national objectives in the health and welfare of the people.

To address militarism and prevent war, including nuclear war, by advocating the peaceful resolution of conflict and the abolition of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

To instill a sense of social responsibility in physicians and in the community in preventing social unrest and violence, by promoting and upholding socio-economic justice, human rights and the rule of just law.

The office bearers:

President                         Dato Dr Ronald S McCoy

Vice-President                Dato Dr Abdul Hamid Abdul Kadir

General Secretary            Dr David Quek Kwang Leng

Deputy Secretary             Dr Anand Bhupalan

Treasurer                         Dr Thong Kok Wai

Council Members             Prof DR Alex Delikan

Dr Suren Thuraisingham

Dr Hyzan Mohd Yusof

Dr R Raveendran

Prof Dr Gracie Ong

Honorary Auditors          Dr Loke Kwok Keong

Dato Dr Mahendran Thuraiappah

Trustees                         Dato Dr V Thuraisingham

Dr Satwant Singh Gill

Dr Indra Pathmanathan

There are two categories of membership. The first category includes registered medical practitioners, who have the right to vote (please see the constitution on the ‘forms’ page). The second category includes social activists, students, professionals, and like-minded individuals who would like to contribute towards a better healthcare system and a more cohesive and well-functioning society. We encourage those who are interested to join us. Application forms can be downloaded from the forms section (membership).