SHAH ALAM: PKR today conferred the Bill Kayong Award, which was introduced for the first time at its national congress, on the late Suhaimi Said for his contributions and services since joining the party on Nov 27, 2007.
From January 2008, he established the Kuala Krau, Maran and Pahang divisions, assisted by Razak Hussein, Suhaimi Abdullah and Man Kadir, also known as Pak Jabit.
To date, the Kuala Krau division has many branches in the Orang Asli settlements and Malay traditional villages that were in the past not approachable. They include members in Kampung Paya Luas, Kampung Gong Halt and Kampung Datuk Sharif Ahmad.
Suhaimi was previously the chairman of the PKR Indigenous Peoples Bureau and PKR Felda Bureau and he was also Pahang PKR deputy chief.
Suhaimi died on Nov 5, 2013 in Temerloh due to bone and liver cancer, leaving his wife Hajah Hendon, three children and five grandchildren.
The Bill Kayong award was created to remember and appreciate the struggles of PKR figures in the party.
Meanwhile, the award for divisions was awarded to Kota Bharu, Pensiangan, Serdang, Hulu Selangor, Puchong and Negeri Sembilan for successfully recruiting a high number of members this year.
Meanwhile, the staff award was given to party staff members who had served the party for a long time.
Among the award recipients were Amran Kamarudin who has served 11 years, Rizal Kushairi Mat Zaki (14 years) Nurhuda Mohd Zainudin (14 years) and Zara Zahari (19 years).
All the awards were presented by party president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, accompanied by PKR’s president-elect Anwar Ibrahim and PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.
The event this morning, at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC) here, was also accompanied by a poetry recital by National laureate A Samad Said and a special video show on the struggle of Wan Azizah at the start of PKR in 1998 until the party formed the federal government after the 14th general election in May.
More than 2,000 delegates are attending the three-day congress which began yesterday. It is the last congress with Wan Azizah as PKR president.