KUANTAN, Nov 9 -- Former Pahang Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah (KUIPSAS) rector Datuk Yahya Zainal Abidin was presented the Education Award at the 2019 Pahang Maulidur Rasul Maulidur celebration here tonight.
He received RM5,000 in cash, a certificate of appreciation and a trophy presented by the Tengku Panglima Raja, Tengku Amir Nasser Ibrahim Shah Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Pahang Sports Complex (SUKPA).
Yahya, 65, who hailed from Kampung Pesagi, Chenor in Maran near here, was the backbone of the team which worked on upgrading KUIPSAS from a college to university-college status in 2014.
In this regard, he dedicated the award to the entire KUIPSAS upgrade team, in what he considered to be a collective victory in promoting Islamic education in Pahang.
"This award shows the state government's recognition of KUIPSAS in our contribution to the development of Islamic education in Pahang.
"I hope that this award will be a catalyst for all Islamic education administrators, especially KUIPSAS to continue to fight and look for opportunities to improve the education sector for our younger generation," he told Bernama here today.
Yahya, who has a Bachelor of Science degree from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), said he was grateful to have been given the opportunity to produce a group of intellectual Islamic scholars, who have now gone on to become lecturers, entrepreneurs and revered preachers.
At the event, former Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) deputy director Datuk Mohd Ghazali Abdul Aziz, 59, received the ‘Daie’ Award in recognition of his efforts in establishing various missionary and spiritual programmes in the state.
The Ummah Award was presented to former Semantan state assemblyman Idris Omar, 84, who founded Persatuan Anak Yatim dan Kebajikan Darul ‘Izzah in Selangor and Temerloh, apart from being active in many welfare organisations here.
The ceremony attended by some 3,000 Muslims from around the area also featured a religious lecture by renowned preacher Don Daniyal Don Biyajid and a Nasyid performance by the Rabbani group.
A total of 28 contingents comprising government departments, private sector, statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as higher education institutions (IPT) and schools in Pahang also took part in a parade.
The Pahang Public Works Department won the best contingent award in the parade in the government agency category, while the Pahang Zakat Collection Centre (private sector, statutory bodies and NGOs) and the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Campus of Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) at Muadzam Shah, Rompin, (IPT) and schools won the recognition in their respective categories.
Each winning team took home RM1,500 in cash, trophies and certificates of participation.