JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has conferred an award on Malaysian-born Sabariah Hussein for her outstanding charity work in Canada.
Sabariah, 71, better known as Sister Sabria, was awarded the Darjah Mulia Sultan Ibrahim Johor (DMIJ), which carries the title “Datin Paduka”.
Sabariah was bestowed the award at Balai Mengadap in Istana Bukit Serene here on Thursday (April 26).
Also present at the ceremony were Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, Tunku Panglima Johor Tunku Abdul Rahman Al-Haj Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, and Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, the husband of Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Binti Sultan Ibrahim.
His Majesty decreed that he was proud and impressed with the charity work done by Sabariah, a Johorean, who is now staying in Montreal, Canada.
“She is a fine example of an Islam individual with noble personality where she willingly cooks and provides food for hundreds of the less unfortunate, including the homeless, on a daily basis, without taking into consideration their religious, race or background.
“Her efforts and noble values should be honoured and exemplified,” His Majesty said in a post on the Royal Johor Facebook page here on Thursday.
Sabariah was born in Wadihana here and migrated to Canada after marrying a Canadian.
She completed her culinary studies in Kuala Lumpur more than 30 years ago.
She has been actively involved in charity by helping the homeless and the less unfortunate for more than 20 years in Canada.
Sabariah also established the Sister Sabria Foundation and a women’s protection centre called “Our Second Home”.
Besides Sabariah, Sultan Ibrahim also bestowed the DMIJ award to state financial officer A. Rahim Nin, which carries the title “Datuk”.