Hla Min


Update : November 13, 2022

During the pre-War days, those who want to pursue a Medical Career

  • had to study MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery) overseas
    (e.g. at Calcutta University)
  • or get a license to practice medicine and become LMP (Licensed Medical Practitioner).
  • According to U Ko Ko Aye (close friend of Saya Allen Htay and a member of the “La Phet Yay Waing”), the LMP school was located near the Bogyoke Market and was destroyed by bombing.
  • LMPs were offered a condensed MBBS course.
    Colonel Hla Han was an LMP turned MBBS.
  • One prankster carried a briefcase with “LMP” on it.
    He was a Licensed Master Plumber.

Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint wrote :

Mr. Matthew Hunter (Principal of Rangoon College) selected two bright students Dr. Ba Than and U Kyaw Myint (TOKM’s father) to take the entrance examination to study Medicine at Calcutta University. U Kyaw Myint asked permission from the Principal to attend his mother’s funeral. The Principal insisted that U Kyaw Myint take the examination or he would be expelled.

Fast forward.

Dr. Ba Than chose TOKM to be a saya at the Institute of Medicine. When TOKM appeared for the mandatory interview with the Public Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Ba Than told U Khin Maung Phyu that TOKM’s father is U Kyaw Myint. TOKM had the shortest interview : “How’s your father?”

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