PAUH PUTRA, 5 October – Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Council of Professors Chairman Datuk Prof. Dr. Ali Yeon Md Shakaff was named the recipient of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award this year.
The former UniMAP Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic and International started his career as an educator in 1988 at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia and continued his services at UniMAP in 2002.
Prof. Dr. Ali Yeon received a Certificate of Appreciation and a trophy. The opening ceremony and the prize-giving ceremony was officiated by UniMAP Vice Chancellor Datuk Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal.
Besides the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award five other awards were presented, namely the Al-Falah Award which was won by Majlis Pengurusan Kolej Kediaman, Maal Hijrah Personality Award (four recipients), Tokoh Siswa Award (two recipients), Special Awards of Pencetus Ummah Utara Perlis (four recipients) and Best Agency Award (received by MSB Utara Perlis which operates the cafeteria at the UniMAP School of Electrical System Engineering.)
In his opening speech, Prof. Dr. Zul Azhar said that in-line with the theme "Menyantuni Umat Membawa Berkat" (Helping Society Begets Blessings), UniMAP as a higher education institution, carries great trust and responsibility towards society.
"In supporting the diversity of today's society, we need to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses, and help them with the spirit of mutual trust and tolerance.
"This is why UniMAP continues to be committed in carrying out its corporate social responsibility (CSR). We share our expertise not only with Perlis, but also the whole of Malaysia," he said.
He further explained that what is done by UniMAP is to create mutual cooperation, sharing of love and compassion, and the need for faith and knowledge among society, which are also human rights.
"Nevertheless, we do not have to be proud and comfortable with our deeds. We have all responsibility to carry out, and among them is the responsibility to help our Muslim brethren to advance and succeed," he continued.