30 April 2018 (Monday) – Forest Research Insitute Malaysia (FRIM) celebrated the 10th year anniversary of Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod’s appointment as the Director General (DG) and took the Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) at the FRIM Awards Day ceremony last Thursday.
The event, held at Dewan Alwy in FRIM, Kepong, was officiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Secretary General, Dato’ Sri Azizan Ahmad, who is also the Chairman of both the Institute and FRIM Inc.
Azizan also launched the book entitled, ‘Pelestarian Rizab Biosfera Tasik Chini’ which was co-edited by him, Abd Latif, Dr Siti Aisah Shamsuddin and Dr Wan Mohd Skukri Wan Ahmad.
The DG led FRIM staff in taking the IBR pledge and in signing the pledge along with Dr Ismail Harun, Deputy DG (Research); Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah, Deputy DG (Operations) and Abdul Jabbar Sabli, FRIM Inc. Administration and Operation Manager. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dato’ Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil, Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
A total of 109 staff were rewarded for their excellent performance and achievements in 2017. The highlight of the event was the presentation of the Special FRIM Icon Award to Abd Latif.
Dr Lee Soon Leong received the FRIM Best Scientist Award this year while the Best Research Award went to the ‘Anti-obesity investigation on the standardised extract from calyx of Hisbiscus sabdriffa (roselle): in vitro and in vivo study’ conducted by a research team led by Dr Mohd Kamal Nik Hasan. Among others, Ismail was presented with the FRIM DG Award.
The Monthly Asssembly and ‘Jasamu Dikenang’ Ceremony were also held in conjunction with this event to honour retirees as well as those about to retire for their service and contributions. They included Datin Salamah Selamat, Abd Razak Othman, Yang Nazli Yahya, Abdul Rahim Razali, Rosman Ibrahim and Narayanan Alimuthu.