STEADFAST principles of lifelong learning, integrity and forward thinking were values recognised at the 14th Asia Human Resources Development (HRD) Awards.
Dealing with the fast-paced shifting climate of the workforce that demands for efficacy of quality services, the award honoured individuals and organisations for timely changes in the field of human development and systems.
At the gala night on July 26, the initiatives of four organisations and seven individuals across 18 countries were honoured for their contributions to society, organisations and the human resources (HR) community.
Lifetime Achievement award recipient former Permodalan Nasional Berhad chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, dedicated the award to the staff working under him and to his family.
Asia HRD Awards founder Tan Sri Dr R. Palan said the significance of the award lay in celebrating those who had pursued excellence with intense persistence.
“The award winners pursue excellence against all odds; they say the price of greatness is responsibility and excellence is an attitude.
“These leaders take you not where you want to go, but where you ought to be. They inspire action as they were brave in words and action as they took the risk to go out and do what they thought was best for making an impact,” Palan said.
Bahrain’s former works minister Fahmi Ali Al Jowder said he was impressed by the high calibre represented by individuals receiving the awards.
He added that his aspirations were to take the awards to the world stage to introduce Asia and all its talents.
Also present was Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Othman Aziz, who believed the award was about inspiring people and celebrating the distinction of those in the field of people and community development.
“Inspired people set new standards and benchmarks, and move people to aspire to achieve things that were once considered impossible.
“Outstanding contributors, the award winners understand and communicate that the fundamental quality of success is lifelong learning.
“There are hundreds if not thousands of role models among us who need to be recognised for the many little things they do to make the world a better place for all of us.
“Celebrating them is important as these outstanding individuals and organisations have inspired us,” he said.