Saturday, January 18, 2014


Pehin (fourth from right) with ISDEV Director Prof Syukri Salleh (centre),
lecturers and ASTS of ISDEV

ISDEV is truly honoured to receive an official visit by the Executive Director of Abdul Razak Holdings (ARH), Brunei Darussalam, Yang Mulia Pehin Orang Kaya Lela Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Awang Abdul Rahman Haji Abdul Karim. Pehin graced a closed meeting with ISDEV academic and administration staff on 26 December, 2013.

All ears while Prof Syukri Salleh (far right) briefed about the layout plans

Brunei’s most prominent economist and leading corporate figure, is here to assist in the realization of ISDEV’s erection of its own study centre based on the endowment program (waqf), approved by the university and the State Islamic Religious Council of Pulau Pinang (MAINPP). In the discussion he stated that he was very pleased to be given the opportunity to cooperate and participate in this noble cause. He expressed his hopes that such effort is set as an example for other institutions to uphold the endowment program both at national and global levels.

Pehin in action -  contributing his ideas to enhance the upcoming ISDEV building

It was sheer exhilaration to witness Pehin contribute his creative ideas towards the enhancement of the existing design of ISDEV new study centre. He added more juice by touching up existing design so that the building will allow ISDEV to be self-sustaining suitable with the desired concept and the aim its establishment which is based on waqf. Pehin’s presence did not only help in the contribution of some ideas but also acts as a catalyst to ISDEV members to continue pursue the goal of becoming a Centre of Excellence.

All is Well ~ A lighter side of Pehin during the closed meeting

 A gift from the heart presented by Prof Syukri Salleh (left) to Pehin (right)

In the meantime, ISDEV Director, Professor Muhammad Syukri Salleh also expressed his gratitude to Allah SWT as ISDEV new study centre had successfully passed a number of strict procedures and regulations. Due to the blessed assistance of professionals such as Pehin, it is now possible that ISDEV’s dream to become a Centre of Excellence can indeed materialize. Prof Syukri urged ISDEV members to cooperate and play their respective roles and render all the help, suggestions and opportunities afforded by Pehin and others to ISDEV seriously and to strive hard to achieve ISDEV's dream.

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