Na­jib hon­ours nation’s vol­un­teers

New Straits Times - - Prime News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak last night pre­sented the Vol­un­teer Malaysia Awards to Malaysians who have vol­un­teered and con­trib­uted to­wards the bet­ter­ment of the com­mu­nity.

Or­gan­ised by 1Malaysia For Youth (iM4U), the event was held at Sun­way Re­sort Ho­tel and Spa here.

“If you are will­ing to ded­i­cate your­self to giv­ing back to so­ci­ety, you are build­ing strength. And that strength is some­thing that the gov­ern­ment must not only en­cour­age, but also recog­nise,” Na­jib told the award win­ners in his speech.

He said the awards would give the win­ners an edge in their work or school ap­pli­ca­tions.

“I know you don’t want ma­te­rial recog­ni­tion. We will build an ecosys­tem that ap­pre­ci­ates and recog­nises you as Malaysian he­roes.”

Na­jib said a strong nation was de­fined by not only its sky­scrapers and trans­port sys­tem, but also by the strength of its peo­ple’s char­ac­ter.

Thir­teen awards were given out last night, in­clud­ing the Best Vol­un­teer Ini­tia­tive, Life­time Achieve­ment, ‘Su­perelawan’ of the Year, Best So­cial Me­dia Cam­paign for a Vol­un­teer Ini­tia­tive and Spe­cial Jury Award.

Among the win­ners were Yayasan Pe­la­jaran Jo­hor, AEON Co. (M) Bhd, Yayasan Nanyang Press, As­so­ci­a­tion of the Learn­ing Dis­abled and Fac­ulty of De­sign and Ar­chi­tec­ture Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia. Singer-song­writer Faizal Tahir bagged the Best Vol­un­teer Ini­tia­tive (Per­son­al­ity Award). The Life­time Achieve­ment Award was won by safety ac­tivist Bala­sub­ra­ma­niam Kr­ish­nan, while the Su­perelawan Award was won by Project Trans­form­ing Ru­ral Youth.

Present were the prime min­is­ter’s wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, iM4U chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Rudy Ma­lik and iM4U Board of Trus­trees mem­ber Datuk Seri Ir­mo­hizam Ibrahim.

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