MTCC Chairman, Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Freezailah Che Yeom has been awarded the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award — the Chinese government’s highest honor for foreigners who have made exceptional contributions to China’s “economic and social progress” on 29 September 2013. The award which is in the form of a Certificate and a Medal was presented by Vice-Premier Mr. Ma Kai.
“The Chinese government still remembers me for my humble contribution. So I feel very honored for being remembered by China”, said Dato’ Dr. Freezailah (China Daily 3 November 2013, page 5). Dato’ Dr. Freezailah has helped China with several international cooperation projects on tropical forest management in Hainan and Yunnan provinces. In addition, more than 30 Chinese forestry scholars received the ITTO’s Freezailah Fellowship to conduct research abroad. The China Daily reported.
As one of the 50 recipients from 20 countries receiving the award, this award is one of the most significant achievements for Dato’ Dr. Freezailah. Y. Bhg. Dato’ Freezailah thus becomes one of the 1,249 foreign experts, from 65 countries and regions, who have received the award since 1991.
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