Tun Musa Hitam Receives International Honour As The World Islamic Economic Forum

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Tun Musa Hitam Receives International Honour as the World Islamic Economic Forum

(WIEF) Foundation Chairman

BRUSSELS, Apr. 10 / PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    Tun Musa Hitam, the Chairman of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF)

Foundation and the former Deputy PM of Malaysia was awarded the prestigious

Prix de la Fondation (Foundation's Award) at the Gala Dinner of The Crans

Montana Forum on Africa, in Brussels last night.

    Established in 1989, the Prix de la Fondation recognises men and women

from all over the world who are committed to social responsibility. Previous

winners include US President Barack Obama, HRH Sheika Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al

Khalifa, the Queen of Bahrain, the President and First Lady of Mozambique and

the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Luxembourg.

    Tun Musa, in his capacity as the Chairman of the World Islamic Economic

Forum (WIEF) Foundation, received the award for his contribution in bringing

together the rich and poor nations through business.

    The WIEF is dedicated to building bridges through business between the

Muslim and non-Muslim world. Tun Musa said "the fact that I am receiving this

award after merely 6 years of the WIEF's existence is testimony to the

Forum's great success."

    The Crans Montana Forum applauded Tun Musa's achievements in awarding the

prize, noting that: "We honour Tun Musa's exceptional ability as Chairman of

the WIEF to connect worlds that people are traditionally inclined to reject."

    "I value this award that recognises the value of hard work, democracy and

empathy towards mankind as a whole" said Tun Musa.

    "We live in a world where only 2% of the population controls 50% of the

world's wealth, while 50% of the population owns barely 1% of that wealth.

This is something we cannot solve by humanitarian aid. The only way to save

impoverished communities is to give them the gift of life, the education and

tools to start their own businesses and the god-given ability to think and

create for the society that they live in" he emphasised.

    Tun Musa is also the Chairman of the Board of Sime Darby, the world's

largest producer of sustainable palm oil - and Chairman of Yayasan Sime

Darby, which promotes the human quest for learning, knowledge, meaning,

goodwill and understanding, particularly in countries in which Sime Darby has

business interests.

    The honour for Tun Musa comes as the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum

returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year, following successful Forums held

in Islamabad, Kuwait and Jakarta. It will be held at the Kuala Lumpur

Convention Centre from 18 to 20 May 2010.

    Bearing the theme 'Gearing for Economic Resurgence', the 6th WIEF will be

officially opened by the Hon. Dato' Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister

of Malaysia and Patron of the WIEF Foundation. The Forum is expected to bring

together some 2000 participants comprising world leaders and members of the

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global business community.

    People keen to engage and contribute in dialogue with captains of

industry and regional experts at the 6th World Islamic Economic Forum are

    About WIEF

    The WIEF Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in Kuala

Lumpur that aims to tackle problems in the Muslim world strictly from a

business perspective, and to build bridges through business between the

Muslim and non-Muslim world. The WIEF Foundation organises the annual World

Islamic Economic Forum, a world-class business platform showcasing business

opportunities in the Muslim world and also runs programmes that strengthen

people partnership and knowledge exchange between Muslim and non-Muslim

communities across the globe.

    About Sime Darby

    Sime Darby is one of the largest Malaysia-based multinationals and the

world's largest palm oil originator. The company's history in plantations and

palm oil processing dates back to 1821 and is characterised by success,

leadership and responsibility towards nature, people and customers. In

addition to plantations, the Sime Darby group has downstream refineries to

manufacture vegetable oils and fats products for both food and non-food

applications. Sime Darby is committed towards 'Developing Sustainable

Futures' for all its stakeholders. A strong environmental advocate, Sime

Darby subsidiaries have received various global awards including the United

Nations' Global 500 Award for the company's "Zero Burning" policy. Sime Darby

is also a founding member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO),

which in November 2005 formulated criteria for sustainable palm oil


    SOURCE: World Islamic Economic

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