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Announcement by YA Bhg Tun Musa Hitam at The Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2018 Dinner & Award Ceremony, 3 Oct 2018

BISMILLAHHIRAHMANIRRAHIM.

ASSALAMUALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAHI WABARAKATUH DAN SALAM SEJAHTERA.

MENGHADAP DULI YANG MAHA MULIA PADUKA SERI SULTAN PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN, SULTAN NAZRIN MUIZZUDDIN SHAH IBNI ALMARHUM SULTAN AZLAN MUHIBBUDDIN SHAH AL MAGHFUR-LAH DAN DULI YANG MAHA MULIA, RAJA PERMAISURI PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN, TUANKU ZARA SALIM.  

AMPUN TUANKU BERIBU-RIBU AMPUN SEMBAH PATIK MOHON DIAMPUN

TERLEBIH DAHULU PATIK BAGI PIHAK MAJLIS DENGAN PENUH HORMAT DAN TAKZIMNYA MERAFAK SEMBAH MENJUNJUNG SETINGGI-TINGGI KASIH DI ATAS LIMPAH PERKENAN DULI-DULI YANG MAHA MULIA TUANKU SUDI BERCEMAR DULI BERANGKAT KE MAJLIS YANG CUKUP BERMAKNA PADA MALAM INI.

PATIK MENDOAKAN SEMOGA DULI-DULI YANG MAHA MULIA TUANKU SENTIASA BERADA DI DALAM PEMELIHARAAN ALLAH S.W.T. DENGAN PENUH KEMULIAAN DAN KEBESARANNYA.

AMIN YA RABBAL ALAMIN.

 

AMPUN TUANKU

PATIK MOHON LIMPAH PERKENAN DULI-DULI TUANKU, BAGI PATIK TURUT MENGALU-ALUKAN SERTA MENYAMPAIKAN SEPATAH DUA KATA KEPADA PARA TETAMU, DALAM BAHASA INGGERIS.

AMPUN TUANKU.

YANG AMAT BERBAHAGIA TUN-TUN;

YANG BERBAHAGIA DATUK NOR SHAMSIAH MOHD YUNUS, GOVERNOR BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA;

YANG BERBAHAGIA TAN SRI DATO’ SERI RANJIT AJIT SINGH, CHAIRMAN SECURITIES COMMISSION MALAYSIA;

YOUR EXCELLENCIES;

AND DISTINGUISHED GUESTS ALL.

 

NOTE OF APPRECIATION

IT IS ONCE AGAIN MY HONOUR AND PRIVILEGE TO STAND BEFORE YOU TONIGHT, AS I DID IN THE PREVIOUS 4 CYCLES, AS A CHAIR OF THE JURY TO THIS ROYAL AWARD FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE 2018.

MY FIRST ROLE IS TO RECORD OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR MAKING TONIGHT’S EVENT THE SUCCESS AS IT APPARENTLY IS.

FIRST, A COMMENDATION IS HIGHLY DESERVED TO BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA AND SECURITIES COMMISSION MALAYSIA FOR SPEARHEADING THIS ROYAL AWARD INITIATIVE.

SECOND, SPECIAL THANKS ARE DUE TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE FOR GIVING US - THE JURY - THEIR SUPPORT AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEIR FULL IMPARTIALITY IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS.

THIRD, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR HEARTFELT APPRECIATION TO THE SECRETARIAT TEAM FOR THEIR DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT IN MAKING THE ROYAL AWARD HAPPEN.

FOURTH, AS CHAIR OF THE JURY, I SHOULD NOT OF COURSE FORGET TO EXPRESS MY MOST SINCERE APPRECIATION TO MY FELLOW JURORS AND MEMBERS OF THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EMINENT CONTRIBUTIONS DURING THE WHOLE COURSE OF THE SELECTION PROCESS.

LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, LET ME THANK ALL OF YOU PRESENT HERE TONIGHT, INCLUDING THOSE FROM OVERSEAS, FOR YOUR PRESENCE THAT MAKE THIS ROYAL AWARD NIGHT SUCH A MEMORABLE OCCASION!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD RECIPIENT

LET ME NOW PERFORM MY SECOND ROLE, WHICH IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING…

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

WHEN THE CALL-FOR-NOMINATION FOR THE ROYAL AWARD CLOSED ON 31 MARCH 2018, WE RECEIVED A RECORD NUMBER OF NOMINATIONS WITH 53 SUBMISSIONS FOR 30 CANDIDATES COMPRISING PLAYERS FROM WITHIN THE ISLAMIC FINANCE INDUSTRY AND FROM VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS, GENDER AND RELIGION.

THE GEOGRAPHICAL BASE OF THE CANDIDATES IS WELL DIVERSIFIED WITH NOMINATIONS COMING FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, EUROPE, AFRICA, NORTH AMERICA AND THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION.

TO ME, THIS IS A CLEAR REFLECTION OF THE GLOBAL REACH AND ACCEPTANCE OF ISLAMIC FINANCE TODAY.

AS PART OF THE INITIATIVE TO ENHANCE THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE FOR THE ROYAL AWARD, WE HAVE INTRODUCED IN THIS CYCLE THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE. THE NOMINATION COMMITTEE WAS INTRODUCED TO STRENGTHEN THE NOMINATION PROCESS BY ENSURING DESERVING CANDIDATES ARE BEING NOMINATED FOR THE ROYAL AWARD.

IT IS ALSO INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE ROYAL AWARD ENCOMPASSES BOTH QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE ASPECTS, WHICH ASSESSES THE CANDIDATES' CONTRIBUTION AND REACH IN THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC FINANCE.

THE JURY CONSIDERED FINANCIAL INNOVATION AND PIONEERING WORK, ADOPTION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP, INSPIRATION AND INFLUENCE TOWARDS FUTURE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT.

WITH THIS IN MIND, IT IS MY GREAT PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE WINNER OF THE ROYAL AWARD FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE 2018 IS…TAN SRI DR. ZETI AKHTAR AZIZ

ABOUT THE AWARD RECIPIENT

TAN SRI DR. ZETI AKHTAR AZIZIS GLOBALLY RECOGNISED AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE; HER ACHIEVEMENTS AND EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP IN EXPANDING THE FRONTIERS OF ISLAMIC FINANCE IN THE DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL FINANCIAL ARENA.

SHE SERVED AS GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK OF MALAYSIA FOR 16 YEARS AND PLAYED AN INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN THE ISSUANCE OF THE FIRST MALAYSIA’S SOVEREIGN SUKUK THAT TRIGGERS THE RAPID ISSUANCE BY SEVERAL JURISDICTION UNTIL TODAY.

DR. ZETI PLAYED AN EXTENSIVE ROLE IN THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC FINANCE INSTITUTIONS IN PARTICULAR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD (IFSB) AND THE INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (IILM).

SHE ALSO PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALENTS FOR THE ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY FOLLOWING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR EDUCATION IN ISLAMIC FINANCE (INCEIF) AND INTERNATIONAL SHARI’AH RESEARCH ACADEMY FOR ISLAMIC FINANCE (ISRA).

IN RECOGNITION OF HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC FINANCE, SHE WAS AWARDED THE IDB PRIZE IN ISLAMIC BANKING AND FINANCE 2012 AND THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN 2015, FOR HER SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROMOTION OF ISLAMIC FINANCE AND SHARIAH GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK IN MALAYSIA AND OUTSIDE MALAYSIA.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

BEFORE I CONCLUDE, LET ME REITERATE THAT THE JURY WENT THROUGH A VERY STRINGENT AND RIGOROUS SELECTION PROCESS ON THE NOMINEES’ MERITS AND ACHIEVEMENTS BEFORE ARRIVING AT A FINAL DECISION. AND THAT THE DECISION WAS UNANIMOUS.

TONIGHT’S AWARD REAFFIRMS TAN SRI DR. ZETI’S CONTRIBUTION, DEDICATION AND LEADERSHIP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ISLAMIC FINANCE INDUSTRY.  I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT SHE WILL SERVE AS AN INSPIRATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS TO COME.

CONGRATULATIONS, TAN SRI DR. ZETI AKHTAR AZIZ!

AMPUN TUANKU.

SEKIAN SAHAJA SEMBAH UCAPAN PATIK. PATIK SEKALI LAGI DENGAN PENUH HORMAT DAN TAKZIMNYA, MERAFAK SEMBAH MENJUNJUNG SETINGGI-TINGGI KASIH, DI ATAS PERKENAN DULI-DULI YANG MAHA MULIA TUANKU SUDI BERCEMAR DULI BERANGKAT KE MAJLIS PADA MALAM INI.

SEKIAN, WABILLAHITAUFIK WALHIDAYAH WASSALAMUALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAHI WABARAKATU.

AMPUN TUANKU.

 

TUN MUSA HITAM

ST REGIS KUALA LUMPUR
3 OCT 2018