Tokoh Wanita 2012 dedicates award to women volunteers

KOTA KINABALU: This year’s Anugerah Tokoh Wanita 2012 recipient Dr Suzian Datuk Suhaimi has dedicated the award to all women who are quietly doing volunteer work.

This is because she felt that being conferred the Anugerah Tokoh Wanita 2012 was not only in appreciation of what she had done, but also a recognition for women who are actively doing volunteer work.

Dr Suzian was presented with the award by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman at the state-level Hari Wanita (Women’s Day) celebration on Wednesday night.

Speaking to the media later, Dr Suzian attributed the early exposure to the world of volunteerism by her mother as the driving force to her being active in welfare work.

“The volunteer work that I have done is the yardstick of my career and this award is not only an appreciation for me but also for all women who are doing volunteer work quietly. This is an achievement for womenfolk and I hope that this achievement will inspire womenfolk, especially the younger generation,”Dr Suzian said.

She added that without the support from her family members especially her parents, husband and children, her achievements would not have been attained.

Dr Suzian also expressed her gratitude to the state government and Sabah Women’s Advisory Council for bestowing the award on her.

Meanwhile, the recipient for the Anugerah Wanita Cemerlang, Goh Giok Yee @ Eliza, also cited her mother as the driving force for her achievements

“It has inspired me to do more for the community, especially for the womenfolk,” the owner of Zara Boutique Hotel here said.

Goh added that her staff at the hotel had helped the successful business woman in her career and that her mentors were women leaders in Sabah, especially Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun.

“They are always very encouraging and spurring women to continue doing good for the community,” Goh said.

At the celebration, Persatuan Keluarga Polis (Perkep) Sabah was awarded with the Anugerah Persatuan Wanita Cemerlang and its president Datin Alauyah Mohamed said there was no secret to their success.

“The success is the achievement of all Perkep members and I only play the role of a mother to guide, support and encourage them,” she said.

Alauyah added that helping and understanding each other were among the factors that contributed to the association’s success.

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