WORKING ungodly hours and getting frequent phone calls from his bosses to assist his colleagues did not deter Nor Hisham Abdul Ghaffar’s spirit of serving his employer, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), better.
The 38-year-old’s job involves organising MBSA’s list of events, from making sure tents are well equipped and availability of chairs for guests to supporting other departments within the council in times of need.
Recently, the father of two’s hard work paid off when he was named one of three recipients for the Mayor’s Special Award.
“This award is a total surprise for me,” said Nor Hisham who hails from Raub, Pahang.
He dedicated his win to his wife for her patience and understanding towards his job, which he said often led him to working until the wee hours of the morning.
“When someone passes away in the middle of the night, I have to send tents to the house of the deceased’s home and notify an undertaker.
“This is why my working hours are quite ‘weird’, I cannot tell my wife exactly when I am free,” said the former factory worker, who has previously worked in Japan and China.
On days when he is too tired, he will spend the night at the council with his colleagues to avoid being late for work the next day.
“One night we slept in one of the store rooms because we had to start work at 6am the next day,” he said.
Two other recipients of the award were administrative assistant Wan Suraya Sahaba-ludin and Urban Services officer Sri Mulyadi Sri Soetarmanto. They each received a trophy and a cash reward of RM3,000.
A total of 101 staff members from various departments were awarded for their excellent service, including five officers who received the long-service award.
State secretary Datuk Mohamed Khusrin Munawi and Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan presented the awards.