KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has been awarded the prestigious Lang International Award for his immense contributions to the community and the country.
The 73-year-old received “The Most Outstanding Social Activist Award” from Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun at the Lang International Corporate Titan Awards (LICTA) 2019 Gala Dinner last night.
Selection Committee chairman Datuk Lee Chee Weng said Lam Thye was undoubtedly the most suitable figure for the title for his tireless efforts in providing service to the nation for nearly 50 years.
Lam Thye is the chairman of the EcoWorld Foundation and Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS), senior vice-chairman of Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), patron of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor and Malaysia Psychiatric Association, among others.
He is also the member of the National Water Activity Safety Council (NSWC), Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council and the trustee of the Malaysia Unity Foundation.
He is also the New Straits Times Press board member and has served as the chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for 27 years before his contract ended in September.
Lam Thye said he dedicated the award to all Malaysians who have worked hard to help others.
“This award will help motivate social activists like me to work harder and put more effort to realise the meaning of caring Malaysians,” he said in expressing his gratitude for the award.
Lam Thye said community works should not be a one-off initiative, but must be a continuous and sustainable effort to help the people, particularly the less fortunate.
“It will make the less fortunate realise that there are people who are always there to help them," he said.