Dr Uma Devi, who was Director of Hospital Miri in 2005, knew a doctor from Holland, Dr Mieke Van de Leemput, who had been working in geriatrics and had approached her to start up palliatives services in Miri. Dr. Mieke was an expatriate from Holland who came to Miri with her husband while he was on attachment to Sarawak Shell Berhad.
Dr Mieke being a medical doctor who had worked in geriatrics and had experienced working with terminally ill patients back home in Holland, took the challenge to introduce this program of Palliative Care to the people of Sarawak. Dr Mieke and Sister Elizabeth Sim who was working in Miri Hospital ‘s Surgical Ward went to Kota Kinabalu to find more and eventually set up the program using Palliative Care Kota Kinabalu’s model.
Under the wing of National Cancer Society Malaysia, Miri Branch led by Dr Mieke, palliative care services began in October 2005 in Miri. Eventually, Palliative Care Association of Miri was registered with the Registry of Societies Malaysia in January 2008 with Dr Loh Yunn Hua, a local medical doctor in Miri being appointed as President of the Palliative Care Association of Miri.