3 UMNO VET­ER­ANS

They are recog­nised for their strug­gles and sac­ri­fices in serv­ing party

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KUALA LUMPUR

THREE vet­eran Umno mem­bers were given recog­ni­tion for their strug­gles and sac­ri­fices in serv­ing the party when they were be­stowed with the “Tokoh Me­layu Ter­bilang”.

The three re­ceived the award in con­junc­tion with Umno’s 71st an­niver­sary at Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sta­dium last night.

They in­clude the first Malay to be­come a char­tered ac­coun­tant, Tan Sri Hanafiah Hussain; Wanita per­ma­nent chair­man Tan Sri Nap­siah Omar; and Tan Sri Mohd Yus­sof Lat­iff from Pe­nang.

The three re­ceived the award from Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

Yus­sof, po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary to Pe­nang’s first chief min­is­ter Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee be­tween 1964 and 1969, said he did not ex­pect to re­ceive such a recog­ni­tion as there were other out­stand­ing can­di­dates.

The 86-year-old be­gan his in­volve­ment in pol­i­tics in 1947.

“This is the high­est recog­ni­tion I have re­ceived in my 70 years with Umno.

“I want to ded­i­cate this award to my late wife, fam­ily and com­rades, who shared my ups and downs in my jour­ney with Umno, many of whom have since left this world,” the Per­tubuhan Ke­ba­jikan Anak Ya­tim Malaysia (Pey­a­tim) deputy pres­i­dent said.

Hanafiah, who turned 90 last month, is also the founder of the first Bu­mi­put­era ac­count­ing firm — Hanafiah, Raslan, Mo­hamad & Part­ner — as well as the first man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Haj Fund and the first chair­man of Fama.

He was a mem­ber of par­lia­ment for Jerai, Kedah (1964 to 1974), and sec­re­tary of Umno and its Supreme Coun­cil mem­ber be­tween 1965 and 1970.

“To all young Malays, I urge you to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of Malaysia.”

Nap­siah, who be­gan her ca­reer in 1967 as an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer at Felda, went on to be­come an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at (then) Univer­siti Per­ta­nian Malaysia in 1981.

In 1982, she en­tered pol­i­tics by suc­cess­fully contesting the Kuala Pi­lah par­lia­men­tary seat, a feat she main­tained un­til 1995.

She was ap­pointed deputy hous­ing and lo­cal gov­ern­ment min­is­ter (1982-1987), pub­lic en­ter­prise min­is­ter (1987-1990) and na­tional unity and so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter (1990-1995).

She said Malaysians should be thank­ful that Umno had sur­vived for 71 years.

“In other coun­tries, par­ties which had fought for In­de­pen­dence have fallen and some don’t even ex­ist any­more.”

Nap­siah said she was thank­ful to Umno for re­mem­ber­ing those who had con­trib­uted to the party, adding that this recog­ni­tion was also a form of re­spect to all for­mer Umno lead­ers who had left the world.

PIC BY FARIZ ISWADI

Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi con­grat­u­lat­ing award re­cip­i­ents Tan Sri Hanafiah Hussain (fourth from left) and Tan Sri Mohd Yus­sof Lat­iff (sec­ond from right) in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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