Dis­abled work­ers recog­nised with TM re­searcher’s achieve­ment

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The gov­ern­ment’s recog­ni­tion of its work­force, in­clud­ing the dis­abled, clearly shows its con­cern in mak­ing sure that no­body is left be­hind.

Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) re­search and de­vel­op­ment as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Dr Ah­mad Is­mat Ab­dul Rahim, who lost his sight due to a rare con­di­tion known as “Eales dis­ease”, thanked the gov­ern­ment for recog­nis­ing his con­tri­bu­tions.

“I’m sure this will en­cour­age others to thrive and achieve suc­cess in their fields, which once was thought im­pos­si­ble for the dis­abled,” he said.

The 47-year-old re­ceived the “Tokoh Pek­erja Ne­gara 2017” award un­der the dis­abled cat­e­gory at the na­tional Labour Day cel­e­bra­tion here yes­ter­day.

“The gov­ern­ment has been com­mit­ted to help­ing the com­mu­nity and its ef­forts must be com­mended,” he said af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award from Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak at Pu­tra­jaya In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Is­mat also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to TM for al­low­ing him to work af­ter los­ing his vi­sion.

“Recog­nis­ing my strength and abil­i­ties, my em­ployer has mo­ti­vated me to con­tinue work­ing in churn­ing out ideas to build and de­velop prod­ucts for TM.

“I have been work­ing for TM for 13 years and de­spite my con­di­tion, I have headed two projects to de­velop chipsets, pub­lished 65 pa­pers and have writ­ten a book.”

Is­mat planned to fo­cus his re­search on dig­i­tal econ­omy in line with Na­jib’s hope for the coun­try to take on a dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

When asked about the se­cret of his suc­cess, he said be­ing dis­abled only made him stronger.

“I hope this award will in­spire other dis­abled peo­ple to not give up. Our dis­abil­ity should never be an ob­sta­cle to achieve our dreams.”

Is­mat re­ceived RM5,000, a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate.

Malaysia Green Tech­nol­ogy Cor­po­ra­tion (MGTC) group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ah­mad Hadri Haris, who re­ceived the “Tokoh Mahir 2017” award said he would con­tinue de­velop the field of green tech­nol­ogy.

“This award from the Hu­man Re­sources Min­istry showed that our work is cred­ited and recog­nised. I hope this win will in­spire more peo­ple to con­trib­ute to the coun­try through var­i­ous ef­forts.”

Hadri played a prom­i­nent role in the de­vel­op­ment of the Na­tional Green Tech­nol­ogy Pol­icy 2009, feed-in tar­iff (FIT) mech­a­nism and Na­tional Elec­tric Mo­bil­ity Ac­tion Plan, among others. He took home RM15,000, a tro­phy and a cer­tifi­cate.


Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak pre­sent­ing the ‘Tokoh Pek­erja Ne­gara 2017’ award to Dr Ah­mad Is­mat Ab­dul Rahim in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

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