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History of Teck Aun Chi Kit Pills

๐——๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž-๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐“๐ž๐œ๐ค ๐€๐ฎ๐ง ๐‚๐ก๐ข ๐Š๐ข๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ, ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด?

๐ผ๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ 20๐‘ , ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘”๐‘œ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘๐‘  โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’, ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ„Ž๐‘–๐‘š๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘™๐‘“ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’.


A professional photo of the pill chi kit teck aun pills in its packaging.
Pil Chi Kit Teck Aun Pills

The history of the cure-all medicine โ€“ a time-honored, old wives remedy for tummy aches, runny bowels, nausea, and even seasickness โ€“ harks back to when Boon Ng Tong first set foot in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, from Canton, China, in the 1920s to work as a port coolie.

When his fellow workers were unwell, he would prepare medicine for them as he knew herbal remedies. Sold for mere cents back then, it was a must-have for rubber tappers, sugar cane farmhands and tin miners toiling in the 1920s and 1930s under British colonial masters.

Soon, the demand for his pills fuelled Boon's dream of better tomorrows and in 1936, he founded the brand. He also sold Chi Kit pills door to door by bicycle and convinced coffee shops to sell the medicine by consignment.


Eventually, his son Datuk Oon Phaik Choo joined Boon, and they opened their first shop, Teck Aun Medical Hall, at No. 15, Jalan Stesen in Bukit Minyak in the 1940s.


Screen grab of a shop in Jalan Stesen that is now an electronic store.
A screen-grab photo of No. 15, Jalan Stesen in Bukit Minyak, which used to be Teck Aun Medical Hall in the 1940s.

Unfortunately, the Japanese invaded Malaya shortly after they opened the medical hall. Then, in 1965, they set up their factory in Sungai Rambai.


A three storey building in an industrial-looking zone.
A screen-grab photo of the old Teck Aun factory in Sungai Rambai. After moving their operations to Bukit Minyak, the old factory in Sungai Rambai is used as a store.


Boon died in 1989. Today, vials of these cure-all pills are available in almost every shop, from the old mom-and-pop shops to 24-hour franchise retail outlets and the new online shopping platforms.


After moving their operations to Bukit Minyak, the old factory in Sungai Rambai is used as a store.


facade of the current building of Teck Aun Medical Factory in Bukit Minyak

๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•? ๐‘ฏ๐’†๐’๐’‘ ๐’–๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‘๐’๐’”๐’•! โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ


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