The field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in Malaysia was introduced in Malaysia in the 1960s by American Peace Corps. and British Voluntary Service. However, it was only in 1985 that an initial interest in forming an association began. It started with a meeting between two local and four expatriate speech-language therapists and audiologists. Later in December 1992, a group of three local and five expatriate professionals resumed the interest.
In 1994 a proterm committee was formed to officially register the association as a professional body representing the speech-language therapists and audiologists in Malaysia. The Malaysian Association of Speech-Language and Hearing (MASH) was of officially registered with the Registrar of Societies on December 26, 1995. It started with just six members but was a proud day for all speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the country. The first Annual General Meeting of MASH was held at Malaysian Care in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, 1996. Since then, membership number grew steadily over the years.
Official launching by YB Datuk Chua Jui Meng on 14 December 1996
From left to right: Ms.Sherine Abdullah (first president of MASH), Ms. Melissa Peter, and Ms. Jennifer Peters
Guests of Honour