Dr Wong I Ek was born in 1864 in Fuzhou province, Minjiang District. He studied medicine at the Hong Kong Medical College in 1890. He graduated with distinction, worked as an anatomy lecturer and later at Hong Kong's Alice Memorial Hospital.
He returned to Perak in 1895 and was in government service for about 10 years before becoming a private medical practitioner. He first set up Lee Chai Dispensary at 46 Market Street in Ipoh and then another at 51 Treacher Street.
He met Dr Sun Yat Sen while he was studying medicine in Hong Kong. He was one of the founding members of the Tong Meng Hui, Ipoh branch. He and his wife raised and donated money for the Huanghua gang uprising.
He also owned the Ipoh Aerated Water Factory which was located beside his dispensary at Market Street.
He died in 1922 and was laid to rest at the Kinta Christian Cemetery, Connelly Road, Ipoh.
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