Mr. Wong often quotes a famous saying in the Bible: "A joyful heart is good medicine."
This saying has also become his motto in life, as he believes that only those who cherish their lives and live happily every day can live longer and more comfortably.
At the age of 7, Mr. Wong Shook Phing’s mother grew seriously ill. The doctors in their village in China had relied only on a few medical books as references. The lack of skilled professionals and much needed resources gave young Wong the ambition to become a doctor himself. Years later, he arrived in Hong Kong and began his studies at the Chinese Medicine Institute. After graduating, he opened a Traditional Chinese Medicine medical hall in collaboration with his brother and nephew, and thus started his career as a medical practitioner. Two years later, Wong was forced to flee and return to his village after Hong Kong fell due to the Pacific War. During that time, Guangdong Third Prison appointed Wong as their medical officer. Many industries were facing economic depression while an epidemic of bacillary dysentery spread throughout summer and autumn that year. The incident infected many prisoners, causing a shortage of medicine. Fortunately, Wong had recalled the common-use of amaranthus as a cure for bacillary dysentery. He suggested that the prison officers and prisoners dig the particular plant from a nearby area. Some officials advised Wong not to trust the prisoners since their behaviour could be unpredictable if given work tools that could be used as weapons. Relentlessly, Wong ignored the possibility of a threat as he insisted it was a matter of life and death. As a doctor, he believed that even though his patients had a criminal past, their lives were equally as important as everyone else’s.
After the war ended, it was difficult to earn a living in Hong Kong. Wong was in search of opportunities elsewhere when he stumbled upon a job advertisement for Resident Physician at Tung Shin Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He answered the advertisement and as part of the recruitment, completed a TCM recruitment test and came in third. However, it was later discovered that there was only one vacancy to be filled.The same job opportunity arose a year later after the resignation of the appointed doctor, thus opening the door for Wong. He sailed to Kuala Lumpur with his wife and children and went on to serve at Tung Shin Hospital.Wong served as Vice-Dean of the Institute (Tung-Shin Hospital) for more than 30 years.He then resigned from Tung Shin Hospital in 1966 and founded Syarikat Ubat Ching Ann Sdn. Bhd. in 1978. To this day, the medical clinic has been going strong. In early 1999, the board of directors of Traditional Chinese Medical Institute Malaysia appointed Mr. Wong, as President of the institute. Mr. Wong Shook Phing accomplished his ambition of being a revered medical practitioner. In his lifetime, he treated patients with respect and compassion, provided free medical care to patients with financial problems, and passed on his medical knowledge to young prospective doctors in hopes that his practices and principles would be passed down through the generations.