Hide your awards, people, because we Malaysians are here to win them all!
The latest Malaysian to win an international award and make our country proud is Mercy Malaysia founder Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood.
In fact, Dr Jemilah made history by becoming the first Malaysian to receive the 2019 Asean Prize
According to a report by The News Straits Times
, Dr Jemilah, 59, was selected for the award based on her contributions to humanitarian aid, as well as disaster management in the Asean region.
The award, which was introduced last year to recognise contributions by individuals or organisations in fostering the Asean identity, promotes the Asean spirit and champions the Asean way.
For winning the award, Dr Jemilah goes home with a trophy and a cash prize of US$20,000 (RM83,310).
reported in a different article that Dr Jemilah will be donating the prize money
to the Surin Pitsuwan Foundation and the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
How noble is that?
The award was presented to Dr Jemilah by Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha at the opening ceremony of the 35th Asean Summit held at the IMPACT Convention and Exhibition Centre in Bangkok.
To make things even more special, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali witnessed the prize giving ceremony.
You make us proud Dr Jemilah!