CYBERJAYA: Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, the wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Human Resource Development (HRD) Awards 2019 tonight.
The distinguished award was conferred in recognition of her outstanding contribution towards the development of Malaysia’s public health sector.
Dr Siti Hasmah is a trailblazer in many ways, having achieved many ‘firsts’ in the health sector.
She served in various leadership positions, including President of the Malaysian Girl Guides Association, President of the Malaysian Medical Association Foundation and President of the Association for the Rehabilitation of Handicapped Children.
In her acceptance speech, Dr Siti Hasmah attributed her success and achievement to her late father Mohd Ali Taib and wished he was around to witness her achieving the award.
“My father, who is passionate about education, made sure all of us went to school. He treated all of his daughters and sons equally especially in educating us.
“He was a man with principle, and very passionate about education. He believed that when you educate a son, is for him alone, but educating a daughter is for a nation.
“This award completed my father's dream to see his daughter succeed and serving the nation. I wished he was here to see me receive the award,” she said as tears rolled down her cheeks.
The audience also sang 'Happy Birthday' as she cut a cake that was prepared to celebrate her 93rd birthday which fell last Friday.
Dr Siti Hasmah has also received numerous honours and awards as appreciation for her unceasing efforts and initiatives in the fields of public health, literacy and drug abuse control.
She is a pioneer and an inspiring role model for women in Malaysia and around the world. She stands out as one person who has made a huge impact to the nation with her courage, tenacity and strength in character.
The award ceremony was held tonight at the Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences (CUCMS).
The Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred on individuals who have either promoted the cause of learning or pioneered initiatives that have impacted people in a significant manner.
There are four categories of the Asia HRD Awards, including the ‘Lifetime Achievement’, ‘Contribution to Society’, ‘Contribution to Organisation’, and ‘Contribution of HR Community’.
Two other big winners of the night were Sarawak Foundation and Malaysian Institute of Management chairman Datuk Ng Tieh Chuan for the ‘Contribution to Society’ category.
Ng was also awarded the BrandLaureate Transformational Corporate Leader ICON Leadership Award 2011 by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his “outstanding success, leadership and thoughts”.
There were also other notable organisations who received the ‘Contribution to Organisation Award’ for their dynamic development initiatives.
These organisations are Securities Industry Development Corporation (SIDC), Ampang Jaya Municipal, Convex Malaysia Sdn Bhd, A Cut Above Sdn Bhd, JD Resources International Ltd and Cyberview Sdn Bhd.
Among the night’s winners were notable figures from different regions of Asia such as Korea, India, Oman, China and United Arab Emirates, who made waves in the international front in the field of innovative HR solutions, education and people development programme.
The Asia HRD Award aims to honour individuals and HR practitioners at all levels that have significantly impacted or influenced the HR community, organisations or society as a whole.
Now on its 16th year, over 250 recipients from 20 countries have been awarded with this prestigious title.
Over the years, the Awards Committee received nominations from numerous organisations from all over the world, particularly Asia.
The committee believes in recognising all worthy organisations or individuals that meet the criteria of the four award categories.