KUANTAN – A lecturer at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Prof Datuk Dr Hassan Basri Awang Mat Dahan was named as the recipient of the state-level Tokoh Maulidur Rasul award, here today.
Hassan Basri, 54, who hails from Kerdau, Temerloh received the award which came with a cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of appreciation from the Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Hassan Basri, who holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Sultan and the Pahang government for selecting him, although he had not contributed much to the state.
“I have only contributed in the education sector, such as becoming an external advisor to the IKIP International College, assisting several religious departments in the publication of textbooks and training materials for teachers,” he said when approached by reporters.
Hassan Basri described the education sector in Pahang as unique, due to its large geographical area.
He said this resulted in a lot more work with special emphasis needed to be done in order to uplift education in the state, including in religious studies, which were now adopting modern education in keeping with the conversion of religious schools into Government Aided Religious Schools.
“Religious schools are also able to produce successful people. I am also the product of a religious school namely Sekolah Menengah Agama al-Khairiah Temerloh, and many other prominent figures are from religious schools.
“This is the uniqueness of Pahang because eventhough it is large state, Pahang is still able to ensure there are no religious schools being marginalised,” he said.
Another recipient was Abdul Hamid Busu, 53, who is the founder and principal of Maahad Tahfiz Wa Ta’limil Quran in Jerantut, which is also the first school in Pahang and the third in Malaysia that uses the boarding school system.
Through his many years of teaching experience in southern Thailand, Abdul Hamid from Kampung Kelola, Jerantut established the tahfiz centre with an enrollment of 15 students in August 1989.
Abdul Hamid described the award as an honour and appreciation to all tahfiz centres as well as their students nationwide.
Also receiving the award was a private sector employee Shahrollail Basri, 43, from Raub who has been active in charity work, including by initiating the clothes and food for the Orang Asli and needy project six years ago.
Among his contributions were building a mosque at the Orang Asli settlement Pos Senderut in Lipis, building a bus stop and contributing four boats to flood victims. – BERNAMA