Social heroes honoured at IMSHA 2015

Noah’s Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS) was the overall winner of the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi award in the second Iskandar Malaysia Social Hero Awards (IMSHA) 2015 Gala Banquet recently.

Datuk Nur Jazlan and Mrs Thanam Visvanathan Suresh
[Centre] with the IMSHA 2015 social heroes
NANAS, which also won the Animal & Wildlife organization category, was represented by NANAS founder and president, Raymund Wee.

The premier community service award event in the Iskandar Malaysia region was graced by guest-of-honour, deputy home minister and MP for Pulai, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who represented IMSHA patron and the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“It’s encouraging to see that Iskandar Malaysia recognises the need to build the Johor Baru community into the pride of Malaysia,” said Nur Jazlan who expressed his full support to what IMSHA was doing to develop a more inclusive, compassionate and effective society.

“This year, we received close to 200 nominations compared to 170 nominations last year,” said IMSHA committee chairman, Mrs Thanam Visvanathan Suresh, who congratulated the individuals and organisations who were awarded for their selfless contribution to the community.

Among the nominated organisations that won in their respective categories were the Soroptimists International JB in Education Advancement for their work in providing basic education to Rohingya refugee children, the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Services for their contribution in Disaster Relief and the Befrienders in Health Services.

Raymund Wee of NANAS, being congratulated by Datuk
Nur Jazlan and Mrs Thanam Visvanathan Suresh
Reconstructive and plastic surgeon, Dr Angamuthu Rajoo, was honoured for his Smiles Project with children who can smile again after his reconstruction surgery on their cleft lips, while active environmentalist and nature-lover, Vincent Chow, was recognised for his commitment towards Environmental Preservation and Protection.

The Social Innovator award went to Kilang Bateri, a hip and happening destination created within a former battery manufacturing plant at Jalan Tampoi, while UEM Sunrise Berhad was recognised for their Corporate Social Responsibility contributions.

Organized by the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainable Committee Network (IMSC), an informal network of local people in pursuit of enhancing social capital value in Iskandar Malaysia, IMSHA aims to identify, recognise and celebrate individuals, organisations and social movements which have made a significant contribution to society through impactful and meaningful community service. 

Also present at the event were Iskandar Regional Development Authority Chief Executive, Prof Datuk Ismail Ibrahim and members of the Leadership Council who reviewed the results of the Social Impact Rating system by Frost & Sullivan, for the final verdict.

The IMSHA event was supported by sponsors, UM Land, I & P Group, Maslee Express and Forest City.  A complete list of the IMSHA 2015 winners is available on:

A version of this was published in The Malaysian Insider on 23 Dec 2015

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