PUTRAJAYA: Bank Negara Syariah Advisory Council chairman Dr Mohd Daud Abu Bakar has been named the recipient of the Tokoh Perdana award in conjunction with this year’s national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration.
The award carried a cash prize of RM50,000, a plaque, a certificate and a set of the Tafsir fi Zilal Al-Quran commentary of the Quran.
The Alor Setar-born Dr Mohd Daud, 50, is the founder of Amani Advisors Sdn Bhd, an Islamic financial company.
He is also listed among the 12 most respected individuals in the Islamic financial industry at present.
“This award will definitely bring motivation to me, my family and colleagues.
“We have 10 international companies and will expand the Malaysian-based ones to other places to bring the message of Islamic finance from the aspects of financial services and so forth,” he said after receiving the award from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at the celebration at Putra Mosque here yesterday.
Dr Mohd Daud said the award was also a recognition of his contribution in syariah entrepreneurship that would become a new career field in the Malaysian and global context.
Eight other individuals also received Maulidur Rasul awards, including Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib who described his award as a tribute to the soldiers who were killed during the intrusion in Lahad Datu last year as well as other security personnel who fought the intruders.
“The peace and unity that have been achieved all this while should be appreciated by further nurturing the country’s harmony and safeguarding communal ties,” he said.
Other recipients included the late Ahmad Ammar Ahmad Azam, 20, a Malaysian student active in volunteer work, who died after he was hit by an ambulance while crossing a road in Istanbul, Turkey, last November; former High Court judge Datuk Faiza Tamby Chik; former Federal Territory Mufti and the Putra Mosque’s first imam Tan Sri Abdul Kader Talip; and Mohamad Azimi Kassim, radio presenter of Salam FM, which is operated by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).
Others are former Malaysian ambassador to Egypt (2005-2009) Datuk Zainal Abidin Abdul Kadir; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Islam Hadhari Philosophy senior fellow Prof Datuk Dr Zakaria Stapa; and former Jakim training director and National Mosque counsellor Datin Rusmiati Harun. — Bernama
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