"To all members of the University Community, let me leave you with the following words: Stay united in diversity. Regard each of us as brother and sister. Preserve the peace and prosperity that we have created and shared together all this while. Don’t let aliens determining our future. Support the planning and development of our land and our people by all possible ways and means. Make us great again!"
Inauguration Day’s Story
I never realise that 2 February 2015 would be so historic for me. That was the day the City of Kota Kinabalu commemorated the 15th Anniversary of its Incorporation. That was also the day I was admitted to the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Mahallah as-Siddiq Representative Committee (MRC as-Siddiq) as the President.
I wished to be the Secretary, on that day, so I could continue my clerical and secretarial practice in this University, but this Mahallah and this University was in favour of my capability in leadership and management based on my previous records, so I was invited to assume the Chair and take the command.
Sharing the Values
I told everyone present in Mahallah as-Siddiq General Meeting 2015, once I accept this invitation, “I am not the only leader in this Mahallah.” Even at this time, how I wish that all parts of this Mahallah mean this principle very much – because this is our Mahallah. This Mahallah belongs to us all. Our Mahallah is our responsibility. We are jointly responsible in determining the peace and prosperity for our land and our people.
As an important part of this Mahallah, I have tried my best to realise the meaning of “Generating the True Hope” – and so I wished so much. As the same, I am grateful that all teammates in this Mahallah – and this University, at a larger scale – have been with me throughout 675 days of my service in this office, not only in turning this notion to a reality, but also in helping this University to succeed further.