MIRI: Malaysia’s own low-cost carrier AirAsia received the Mayor’s Special Award during the Miri City Mayor Awards 2019 ceremony here last weekend.
AirAsia Bhd non-independent non-executive director Datuk Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar received the award from Mayor Adam Yii.
AirAsia was among many award recipients at the event, staged at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club (EVGCC).
Under the ‘Tourism’ category, there were five awards, namely the ‘Cultural Dance Award’ which was won by Unity Dance Academy, the ‘Digital Publicity Award’ clinched by EV Photo, the ‘Cultural and Food Award’ given to Sarawak Chinese Association, the ‘Nature and Wildlife Award’ bagged by Benaya Sdn Bhd-Miri Crocodile Farm / Wildlife, and the ‘Events Spot / Organiser Award’ which was received by Fun Borneo Sdn Bhd-Coco Cabana.
The Miri City Council (MCC), meanwhile, presented the ‘Education Awards’ to two schools here – Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang and SMK Agama Miri.
Miri Ability Services Association (PPKM) president Boon Foo Ping was the winner of the ‘Social Welfare Award’, while Councillor Karambir Singh was the recipient of the ‘Community Services Award’.
Two Bario-born individuals were also honoured that night – Anderson Kalang took the ‘Tourism Indigenous Music Award’, while David Labang was the winner of the ‘Adventure and Nature Award’.
In the Corporate category, the two honourees were Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd and Pantai Bayu Indah Sdn Bhd.
In his address, Yii hailed the recipients comprising individuals, organisations, associations, societies, corporations and government agencies, as having contributed ‘positively and tremendously’ to the development of Miri in various aspects including economy and commerce, industries, tourism, environment, education, as well as employment and job creation.
“The MCC decided to establish the Miri City Mayor Awards last year, to honour these contributors.”
In the inaugural event held on Oct 5 last year, a total of 29 awards across seven categories were presented.
These categories were environment, safety and security, tourism promotion, corporate sector, education, hotels and accommodations, and the Mayor’s Special Award.
“These awards appropriately reflect the positive and meaningful contributions from the winning individuals, organisations, associations, and societies.
“Moving forward, I wish to see more active nominations for deserving candidates – they can be individuals, or organisations, associations, societies, or even government agencies,” Yii added.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, deputy mayor Julaihi Mohamad, MCC secretary Morshidi Fredrick and event organising chairman Councillor Abdullah Jaini were also present.