Singapore, 30 August 2016 – Malay Heritage Foundation Chairperson and Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Mdm Zuraidah Abdullah was presented the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year award by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Furama RiverFront Singapore tonight.Mdm Zuraidah was conferred the prestigious Anugerah Jauhari 2016 (Achiever of the Year) for her leadership in serving the nation and her steadfast dedication in helping the underprivileged Muslim community.The annual awards, organised by Singapore Press Holdings’ Malay daily, Berita Harian, honours Malay/Muslim individuals for their achievements in their chosen field, be it education, business, arts and culture, sports, the professions or social work. Into its 18th year, it is also open to organisations. The qualities that the judging panel looks for include perseverance, determination, integrity and the ability to overcome odds. Above all, the winner must be a role model for the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore.A trailblazer since she joined the Singapore Police Force (SPF) 30 years ago, Mdm Zuraidah was the first Malay and sixth woman to join the police force through its direct entry programme, where university graduates became senior officers.In 2013, she also became the first woman to hold the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner in SPF. Over the past three decades, she rose through the ranks to hold senior positions including the Commander, Airport Police Division; Commander of Jurong Police Division; Commander, Training Command and Head of Operations of Central Police Division.During Mdm Zuraidah’s time at Yayasan Mendaki where she was seconded to head the self‐help group for the Malay/Muslim community, she was convinced that the key strategy to help troubled families was to ensure that the children stayed in school and enjoyed the learning process.She enlisted the help of 80 young professionals from various fields to brainstorm ways to improve students’ grades and address problems in dysfunctional families. Among other things, Mdm Zuraidah also initiated Maths workshops and intensive PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) Maths sessions to help groups of weaker students.Mdm Zuraidah was the first woman in 40 years to be appointed as a member of Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura, to help oversee the religious affairs of Muslims in Singapore. She is also currently the chairperson of the Malay Heritage Foundation.She was also presented with the Her World Woman of the Year award in 2015.Commenting on the award, Mdm Zuraidah said: “The job in the police force now is very demanding. You hardly have time of your own. I decided that being seconded to Yasayan Mendaki is my way to contribute to my own community. It opened my eyes to helping the disadvantaged. It was an experience that I never regretted and I’m very happy that I agreed to it. That’s why I agreed to continue, making sure that I still have one leg within the community, to volunteer with the Malay Heritage Foundation.”Mr Mohd Saat Abdul Rahman, Editor of Berita Harian, said: “Berita Harian celebrates Mdm Zuraidah not only because of her achievement as one of the highest-ranking women officers in the Singapore Police Force. We are also honouring her many significant contributions to the community – such as in her capacity as CEO of Yayasan Mendaki previously and as current chairperson of the Malay Heritage Foundation Board of Directors – despite her busy schedule.
“She inspires the community to give back and uplift the community as they progress to greater levels. She is also a model career woman in the Malay/Muslim community.”
Prime Minister Lee, who was guest of honour at the event, also presented the Anugerah Jauhari Harapan 2016 (Young Achiever Award) to Mr Sheik Farhan Sheik Alau’ddin, 18-year-old silat world champion. The award recognises young inspiring Malay/Muslim Singaporeans aged 30 and below.
Mr Sheik Farhan won Singapore’s only gold medal in the Pencak Silat World Championships in Phuket. In June 2016, he also won the gold medal in Class J (90-95kg) at the Asian Pencak Silat Championships held in Singapore.Mr Mohd Saat Abdul Rahman said: “This award is aimed at motivating young Malay/Muslims who have shown the potential to achieve greater heights. We hope this award will spur Mr Sheik Farhan to continue to work hard and pursue his dreams and while doing so, inspire other young Malay/Muslims to achieve their goals.”
Mr Sheik Farhan said: “I feel honoured to be recognised with such a prestigious award. This award gives me the motivation to strive for better achievements and it tells me that I’m going in the right direction.”
This year’s winners were picked by a panel of four judges from the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore, headed by Mr Saat Abdul Rahman. The other three judges were Mr Abdullah Tarmugi, former Speaker of Parliament, Dr Abdul Razakjr Omar (Jauhari winner 2013) and Mr Suhaimi Rafdi (Jauhari winner 2012).Previous winners of the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award:
1999 - Dr Mansoor Abdul Jalil, lecturer with the Department of Electrical Engineering at National University of Singapore (NUS)
2000 - Professor Aziz Nather, director at the Tissue Bank and consultant with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NUS
2001 - Madam Halimah Yacob, Assistant Secretary General of NTUC
2002 - Mr Iskandar Jalil, master potter
2003 - Mr Iskandar Mirza Ismail, veteran composer
2004 - Haji Abu Bakar Maidin, a veteran of social service
2005 - Mr Zulkifli Baharudin, Chairman of Mercy Relief
2006 - Mr Mardan Mamat, professional golfer
2007 - Mr Ashley Isham, fashion designer
2008 - Datuk Mohd Zain Abdullah, accomplished businessman in the shipping industry
2009 - Madam Som Binte Mohamed Said, cultural ambassador
2010 - Mr Shafie Shamsudin, Chief Executive Officer of Carrefour Indonesia
2011 - Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican, Chairman and Managing Director of SCP
2012 - Mr Suhaimi Rafdi, Chief Executive Officer, Cathay Organisation Holdings
2013 - Dr Abdul Razakjr Omar, Cardiologist2014 - Religious Rehabilitation Group (the first time the Berita Harian Achiever Award was awarded to an organisation)
2015 – Mohammad Alami Musa, Head of Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies ProgrammeWinner photos attached
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