KOTA KINABALU: A retired civil servant's efforts in caring for the needy in Sabah's interior earned him the state's Tokoh Maal Hijrah award.
Former District Officer Adenan Mohd Yussuf recalled his job used to take him to remote areas, including Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Tenom, Keningau and Tambunan in the 1980s.
During his visits, he noticed that many families were poor and helped organise meals for them.
“I did not want to see people going hungry,” he said after receiving the award from Sabah Yang DiPertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin yesterday.
Also present were Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and other leaders.
Adenan also recalled Prophet Muhammad's teaching that help should be given to those in need regardless of their faith.
He said it brought him immense satisfaction to see poor rural families enjoying their meals.
“At that time I was involved in propagating Islam and I wanted to show by example how we Muslims care for our fellow men,” Adenan added.
Earlier, in addressing the Maal Hijrah gathering, Juhar reminded Muslims about the value of Wasatiyyah or moderation.