KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) honoured 17 people for their excellent service and contributions to the society.
Among them are Japanese Ambassador to Malaysia Masaki Konishi and Star Publications (M) Bhd managing director Datuk Steven Tan.
Also honoured were two MRCS ambulance medical aides, who had shown exemplary conduct during the Hillview landslide tragedy and a parachutist mishap during the One Nation We Care event at Bukit Jalil Stadium.
They received awards from National Unity and Social Development Minister Datuk Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman, who is also MRCS vice-president, during the launch of the society's 105th council meeting at its headquarters in Jalan Nipah here yesterday.
During the event, MRCS national chairman Tunku Tan Sri Shahriman Tunku Sulaiman received keys to two ambulances donated by the ministry.
Konishi, described as the societys friend and partner in humanitarian service, was awarded the Special Benefactor Award in recognition of his caring spirit in donating US$86,277 (RM327,422) for the purchase of five vehicles for disaster relief work.
Tan, who was MRCS national information committee chairman (1998-2000) and national information and fund-raising chairman (2000-2002), received the Distinguished Service Medal for his dedication and work in raising public awareness on the role and responsibilities of the society.
His contributions included the setting up of the MRCS website, and publishing multi-lingual first aid brochures and books on the society and conducting training workshops.
Under Tan, the fund-raising committee collected more than RM2.4mil RM480,674 through a charity football match between Manchester United and the Malaysian team plus a charity dinner; RM776,475.87 for victims of the Afghan war in collaboration with The Star; RM1,045,181.63 through the Shaolin Kungfu Masters tour last year and RM100,000 through the Hong Leong Charity Run.
Ambulance medical aide Hazil Fadzli Hassan received the Gallantry Award for his role in the July 27 rescue of a parachutist stuck on top of a pole at Bukit Jalil Stadium
Hazil Fadzli, who scaled 10m up the pole, gave first aid to the parachutist who was in critical condition and stabilised him. His effort was witnessed by a crowd, which included Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
His colleague Shahriman Md Radzi received the same award for his efforts during the Hillview landslide tragedy.
Other award recipients included the late K. Nadarajah, the former Selangor branch MRCS director. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, as did MRCS Johor Baru chairman Chong Ah Ng.
Eleven volunteer officials were honoured with excellent service medals.
Eight of them were involved in the Malaysian medical team's mission to Jolo in the Philippines during the Abu Sayyaf hostage incident in Pulau Sipadan.
The eight are MRCS national vice-chairman Datuk Dr Bahari Datuk Abu Mansor, Selangor branch vice-chairman Dr Yahya Abu Ahmad, Kelantan branch ambulance committee chairman Dr Mohd Azmi Yusoff, Johor Baru branch member Dr Zubaidi Ahmad, Kelantan branch medical officer Dr Imran Abdul Khalid, Kelantan branch ambulance committee secretary Nik Azhar Abd Rahman and Johor Baru branch members Yahaya Jaafar and Mohd Nordin Bakar.
The other three are MRCS staff Ahmad Nazri Zakaria, Lt Kol (Rtd) Floyd Barnaby Fernandez and Lt Kol (Rtd) Ramasamy Velu.
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