25 Oct 2010
Y Bhg Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar
Pengerusi, Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Malaysia
di Majlis Makan Malam Penganugerahan Kewangan Islam Tahun 2010
Isnin, 25 Oktober 2010
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh dan salam sejahtera.
Mengadap Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Haji Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Sultan Negeri Kedah Darul Aman mewakili Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong,
dan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultanah Hajjah Haminah Binti Hamidun, Sultanah Negeri Kedah Darul Aman.
Ampun Tuanku beribu-ribu Ampun, sembah patik mohon diampun.
Patik serta seluruh dif-dif jemputan pada malam ini dengan penuh hormat dan takzimnya merafak sembah menjunjung kasih yang tidak terhingga di atas perkenan Kebawah Duli Tuanku Berdua berangkat mencemar duli ke Majlis Makan Malam Penganugerahan Kewangan Islam Tahun dua ribu sepuluh (2010) pada malam yang bersejarah ini.
Sesungguhnya keberangkatan Kebawah Duli Tuanku Berdua ke Majlis pada malam ini sebenarnya telah melakarkan satu sejarah yang amat bermakna kepada patik-patik sekalian dan telah menambahkan lagi seri serta meninggalkan kenangan yang tidak akan dilupakan.
Patik mendoakan semoga Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan dan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultanah sentiasa berada di dalam pemeliharaan Allah s.w.t dengan penuh kemuliaan dan kebesarannya. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.
Patik juga ingin merafak sembah menjunjung kasih di atas perkenan Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Perak Darul Ridzuan, Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah Ibni Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, duta kewangan kepada Pusat Kewangan Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia, dan Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Puan Besar Perak, Tuanku Zara Salim berangkat mencemar duli ke majlis malam ini.
Patik mohon limpah perkenan serta keizinan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku untuk menyampaikan sepatah dua kata kepada seluruh tetamu yang turut hadir menyerikan Majlis pada malam ini dalam Bahasa Inggeris.
Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, Finance Minister II, Malaysia;
Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Musa Hitam, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, [ Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation and ] Chairman of the Jury for the Royal Award for Islamic Finance; and Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan
[ Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Governor, Central Bank of Malaysia and Yang Berbahagia Datuk Tawfiq Ayman ]
[ His Excellency Shaikh Mohyedin Saleh Kamel ]
Your Highnesses, Your Excellencies
[ Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri-Tan Sri and Yang Berbahagia Puan Sri-Puan Sri ]
[ Yang Berbahagia Dato’-Dato’ and Datin-Datin ]
Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen,
I am really pleased and humbled by the overwhelming response we have received from all of you who have made time to be with us tonight on this very auspicious and significant occasion. Your presence is testimony to the significance of the Royal Award for Islamic Finance and more importantly, to the reach and recognition of Islamic finance globally.
Our gathering this evening is indeed another milestone for the international Islamic finance industry. We are here to recognise and to celebrate success, excellence and extraordinary leadership in Islamic finance; to honour the commitment, passion, perseverance, drive and determination that have hitherto powered the development of Islamic finance globally. The Royal Award for Islamic Finance which will be bestowed for the first time tonight, is a prestigious award which represents the global benchmark for recognition of individuals who have given their utmost to an industry that has much to offer the world as it transcends across cultures and regions.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen
How the Award was conceived
It was probably the confluence of the holy month of Ramadhan and our presence in Jeddah not far from the Holy City that inspired the conception of this Award. At a meeting of the Securities Commission’s International Advisory Committee for Islamic Capital Markets held in Jeddah back in Ramadhan of 2008, the members of the committee comprising Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari, Sheikh Ahmed Nizam Yaqoubi, Iqbal Khan and Abdulkader Thomas, suggested that Malaysia introduce a prestigious, non-commercially driven and non deal-based, award honouring the contribution of outstanding individuals in the field of Islamic finance.
The idea was subsequently presented to and endorsed by the MIFC Executive Committee chaired by Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Zeti and a Steering Committee, which I was given the honour to chair, was immediately formed to implement and provide strategic guidance on this initiative. As they say, “the rest is history”.
To ensure that all truly deserving individuals were nominated for the Award, invitations for nominations were sent out to a multitude of institutions across the world and a global press release was also issued inviting members of the public to submit their nominations through the Royal Award’s portal. The response was extremely encouraging.
As you can imagine, the selection of the jury was one of the most critical aspects of this initiative, not only to select the recipient of the award but more importantly to ensure the integrity and credibility of the whole process of selection. With this in mind, the Steering Committee decided on a 7-member Jury comprising eminent Shariah scholars, academicians and Islamic finance practitioners from across the world. The jury was chaired by Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Musa Hitam, former Deputy Prime Minister Malaysia and chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation. The other members are Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad, former Chief justice of the Federal court Malaysia, and member of the Syariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara Malaysia and the Securities Commission Malaysia, Dr Mohd Ali Elgari, Professor of Islamic Economics, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia, Professor Dr Volker Nienhaus, former President, University of Marburg, Germany and member of the Governing Council, International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Dr Abas Mirakhor, former Executive Directive of the International Monetary Fund and holder of the first INCEIF chair in Islamic Finance, Bapak Riawan Amin, Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Islamic Banks, and last but by no means least, Dr Yahia Abdul Rahman, Chairman and Founder, American Finance House LARIBA, and Chairman & CEO, Bank of Whittier, California, USA.
I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the members of the Jury who undertook their responsibilities with commitment and dedication, upholding objectivity and the highest standard of professionalism throughout. Some members had to travel time and again to Kuala Lumpur to deliberate, discuss, debate and finally decide on the recipient of the award and I thank them for their commitment.
I would also like to thank the members of the Steering Committee Dato’ Azlan Hashim, Datuk Rafiah Salim, Encik Bakarudin Ishak and Iqbal Khan for their guidance and advice in the implementation of this Award. They have been extremely conscientious and diligent in providing direction and guidance over a multitude of details in the organization of this Award from the nomination process, the jury selection, the media publicity and the organization of this Award dinner.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen
My deepest appreciation once again to everyone present tonight, and to all those who have worked tirelessly to make this Award a reality. Last but not least, my most sincere congratulations to the winner of the Award.
Ampun Tuanku, beribu-ribu Ampun, sembah patik mohon diampun.
Sekian sahajalah persembahan ucapan daripada patik dan sekali lagi patik dengan penuh hormat dan takzimnya merafak sembah menjunjung kasih yang tidak terhingga di atas perkenan Kebawah Duli Tuanku Berdua berangkat mencemar duli ke Majlis pada malam ini.
Patik berdoa ke hadrat Allah s.w.t. semoga Kebawah Duli Tuanku Berdua sentiasa diberi kesejahteraan kesihatan serta terus memerintah di atas tahta kerajaan Negeri Kedah Darul Aman.
Sekian, wabillahitaufik walhidayah wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.