Friday January 11, 2008
Big-hearted tycoon Syed Mokhtar honoured
PUTRAJAYA: His parents taught him to provide for the poor and destitute – and those are the values that have shaped billionaire Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary's life philosophy until today.
Thanking his parents for instilling in him such values, Syed Mokhtar heeded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's suggestion that he donate the cash award of RM80,000 to his mother Sharifah Rokiah Syed Mohamed Rahmat.
The philanthropist was also awarded a certificate, medal and plaque.
From 1996 to 2006, his foundation has contributed almost RM1bil to charity.
The bachelor received his award from the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Ja'afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman during the state-level celebration at the Seremban Municipal Council Hall.
“It is a privilege to be awarded the Tokoh Maal Hijrah title. I would like to express my gratitude to the state government for this honour,” he said.
I do not anticipate how you would react to the article above, but me, I feel very uneasy, somehow something is not quite right. Firstly for the billionaire to donate his 80K winner to his mother is not sensational. Secondly, for Dr.Sheikh Muszaphar to be tokoh Maal Hijrah is a fat joke.
I had the notion those people are running out of individuals to be awarded the Maal Hijrah. Islam Hadhari understanding the concept of Maal Hijrah really baffled me.