MEDIA RELEASE PR39080
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
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
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
invited to register at http://www.6thwief.org
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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