The disease of leprosy had terrified mankind for thousands of years, and the victims were treated with utter contempt, literally as sub human beings, as outcasts from Society and driven away to live in isolation in deep jungles.

The history of leprosy in Malaysia goes back to over 300 years, and was probably brought in by the early immigrants.

Some of these early immigrants, terribly deformed by the diseases of leprosy, lived in the same villages and towns as the other inhabitants. The disease of leprosy was, in those early years considered as dangerous and contagious and could easily spread from one person to another.