SHAH ALAM, Jan 24: A student from Section 7 National Secondary School (SMK) did not expect to be chosen as the recipient of the Saidina Ali Award which was in conjunction with the Maulidur Rasul celebration in Selangor this year.
The student, Nawarzir Ahmad Zuri, 18, was selected based on his outstanding academic achievement by receiving 9A’s in the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM).
Nawarzir, an only child, is not only outstanding academically, but is also active in co-curricular activities, where he was appointed as Head Facilitator of the 2012 Student Leadership Course.
When met, Nawarzir expressed gratitude to the Almighty for granting the award which is deemed to be an inspiration for him to improve himself.
“I would like to thank His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor for choosing me to be a recipient of this award.
“I am grateful also to the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and my whole family, as well as the teachers at SMK Section 7.
“I will continue to work hard and contribute to my race, religion and country.
“I would also urge all teens to be assets to this country and to adhere to Islamic teachings so that all their deeds are blessed,” he said.
Nawarzir who was born in Petaling Jaya received RM5000 cash, a certificate of appreciation with an accompanying trophy, and a set of clothing which were presented by His Royal Highness the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Nawarzir, who has a keen interest in the field of Islam, had served as the Leader of Khatam Al-Quran and Iftar Jamaie and Solat Terawih in school in 2012.
He was also a Tazkirah Giver in conjunction with the Ihya Program 2011 and was engaged in the Maulidur Rasul 1433H/2012M (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday) Celebrations.
This holder of the Student Figure Award in 2012 was given the 2012 Academic Figure Special Award, Male Student Leader Figure Award, SPM Trial Examination Academic Gold Badge of Excellence Award, Award of Appreciation, and PMR Silver Excellence Award.
Meanwhile, the recipient of the Khalid Al-Walid Award, Tan Sri Ismail Adam, 63, was overwhelmed when given recognition in this year’s celebration.
He had served for 38 years in public service and is determined to continue contributing his energy and devotion to the state as long as the Almighty bestows upon him the power to do so.
“The contributions I have given to the state is not much, but I am very grateful and overwhelmed to be selected to receive this award.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to His Royal Highness the Sultan and the State Government for this recognition,” said Ismail who is now serving as an advisor at Syarikat Prasarana Sdn Bhd.
Also given an award at this year’s celebration is Fatwa Committee Member of Selangor, Datuk Abdul Aziz Andik Achok, 78, (Umar Abdul Aziz Award).
Another award recipient is Malaysian Nuclear Agency Research Officer, Dr Mohd Abdul Wahab Yusof, 53, (Imam Al-Ghazali Award) and International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) Chancellor, Professor Datin Paduka Dr Zaleha Kamaruddin, 52, (Saidatina Khadijah Award).
They each received a cash prize of between RM10,000 and RM15,000, a certificate of appreciation along with an accompanying trophy, and a set of clothing.