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June 5, 2008

Filipino peace prize for Nik Aziz

Filed under: Uncategorized — mannster @ 2:04 pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has been picked for this year’s Gusi Peace Prize for his efforts in politics, social services and religious advocacy.

The Pas spiritual leader would be presented with the award at the Manila-based Gusi Peace Prize Foundation’s awards night to be held in the Philippine capital in November, foundation board chairman Barry Gusi told the New Straits Times.

This will be the second time in 10 years that a Malaysian has been nominated for the Filipino award.
However, because he couldn’t make it to Manila for the ceremony, Ismail was given the award instead.

Another Kelantan son, Datuk Ismail Mohammad, was presented with the award in 2006 for his philanthropical work, multi-cultural advocacy and preservation efforts for the Muslim culture.

Gusi said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad was initially chosen to receive the award two years ago.

“This is because our rules say that the candidate must be present at the dinner to receive his award.”

Also included in its list of recipients for this year are Cyprus Foreign Affairs Minister Markos Kyprianou, Philippines Airlines owner Lucio Tan and football legend Pele of Brazil.

Annually, 10 to 15 people are awarded the prize, which has been described by Gusi as the Asian version of the Nobel Peace Prize.

For this year, the nominees were chosen from a total of 1,490 nominations from all over the world.

“We hope that more Malaysians will be involved in this effort in the future,” said Gusi.

The Gusi Peace Prize Foundation was set up by Gusi 10 years ago as a way of continuing his father’s legacy in doing humanitarian work.

The Gusi Peace Prize was initiated at the same time, to recognise candidates from all over the world for their efforts in the fields of economics, chemistry, politics, performing arts and religion, among others.

The foundation also carries out humanitarian work in the country’s poorest corners.

Gusi said that many people today were lacking in compassion as the world was becoming more materialistic.

“Compassion is important as people live for love, be it in caring or giving.”




Barry Gusi hopes more Malaysians will join in the foundation's effort.
Barry Gusi hopes more Malaysians will join in the foundation’s effort.

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