Seven Individuals Awarded for Exemplifying Selfless Leadership

Seven individuals who are active and influential in their specific areas of expertise were honoured with the Ambassador for Peace (AFP) Award during the recent Malaysia Leadership Seminar which was jointly organised by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Malaysia and Rotary Club of Kinta at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel.

The international award by UPF International was presented to the recipients who have shown outstanding leadership in contributing to peace and harmony. 

The awardees for the AFP award as follows:

AFP recipient for the Parliamentarian Category, Kesavan

Parliamentarian Category

Kesavan Subramaniam, Member of Parliament for Sungai Siput  

Sivakumar Varatharaju Naidu, Member of Parliament for Batu Gajah

AFP recipient for the Parliamentarian Category, Sivakumar

Humanitarian and Social Service Category

Dato’ Megat Ahmad Shahrani Bin Megat Sharuddin, President, The National Autism Society of Malaysia

Cheng Mooi Sim, Founder Director of Hannah Home 

Dr Vejayan Sinnasamy, President of Rotary Club of Kinta

AFP recipients for the Youth Category

Youth Category

Selvarani Anbalakan, Hon. Secretary, Indian United Association

Yasooda Thaiaga Raj, Youth Entrepreneur 

Running on the theme “Selfless Leadership Creating Sustainable Peace for Family, Society and Nation”, the leadership seminar was attended by some 150 participants comprising government officials, professionals and NGO leaders.

It featured lecture presentations from five prominent speakers namely Dr. Julius B. Malicdem, Director of UPF South East Asia; Asst. Prof. Sudesh G. Balasubramaniam, President of UPF Malaysia; Lai Peng Keong, National Liaison Director of UPF Malaysia; Dato’ Dr Siva Ananthan, District 3300 Governor Nominated of Rotary Club and Rev. Robin Arumugam, Chairman of The Rotary Foundation.

The seminar also served as a fundraiser for the Circle of Light humanitarian aid programme which included two cheque presentations of RM10,000 each from Kesavan and Sivakumar respectively. 

Present were Masaichi Hori, UPF Asia Pacific Co-chair and Letchumanan Doraisamy, UPF Perak State Chairman.

Masaichi Hori during his special remarks expressed his hopes for Malaysia, one of the best role models of peace, to take lead in promoting peace initiatives in the region. 

“It would be really great if Malaysia could take the lead in addressing critical issues related to good governance, unity and protecting the marriage and family institution through regional conferences,” Masaichi stated.

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