MAHSA University Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology dean Prof Dr Leong Wai Yie is the winner of the Youth Service Award 2019.
This award is conferred by the United Youth Movement of Malaysia, recognising the recipient’s youth service and exemplifying the core values of service, which include dedication and commitment to Malaysian youth.
The award also highlighted the recipient’s leadership skills and competencies, including the ability to be a role model to others.
There are five winners for the award. The others are Andrew Tan Yih Full, Chong Keat Aun, Sean Lim Sin Kai and Voong Thin Ee.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim said that the government is expected to increase the number of young voters in the 2023 general elections by four million.
“Young people are the pillars of the nation.
“We should give them chances to express the direction and values of a new generation,” he said in his speech at the presentation.
He commended the United Youth Movement of Malaysia for its efforts in the past to cultivate youth leaders.
“The Youth Service Award is important as it recognises those who are willing to contribute to our youth and to inspire more young people to follow the example of the winners,” he added.
Prof Leong is currently the executive committee member and council member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and immediate past chairperson of the Women Engineers Section. Malaysia.
She is also on the board of directors of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, honorary secretary of Women Engineers, the Asean Federation of Engineering Organisations, the chairperson of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (Malaysia Local Network) and committee member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisation (Women in Engineering Committee).