Monday, 10 November 2014

Current News: MAKNA Nominated for Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri 2014

At the AIPM2014: From left, Pn Farahida Mohd Farid (MAKNA GM), Toh Puan Sri Sagiyah Salikin (MAKNA BOT Member), Dato’ Mohd Farid Ariffin (MAKNA President), En Zainol Talib (MAKNA Exco member), Dato’ Frieda Dato’ Mohd Pilus (MAKNA Exco Member) and Mdm Usha Pillay (MAKNA Accountant).

MAKNA was nominated for the Anugerah Inovasi Perdana Menteri (AIPM) 2014 by the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in June this year. In order to be considered for the award, MAKNA was requested by MAMPU to put together a submission highlighting the main aspects of the non-profit organisation’s "innovation" or "innovativeness" based on the criteria outlined for the award.

An engagement session with MAMPU was called to order on 3 July 2014 and MAKNA was then scheduled to meet MAMPU Deputy Director General, Dr. Aizi Razman Ismail to present our case to him. It was in this meeting we learnt from Dr. Aizi that MAKNA had been shortlisted as one of the top finalists for AIPM

On 22 August 2014, MAKNA was officially invited by the award’s organising committee to attend AIPM 2014, to be held at on 5 September 2014 Putrajaya International Convention Centre. The prestigious award was to be presented by the Prime Minister himself and the winner will walk away with RM1 million in cash, a trophy and a certificate.

From a brochure produced for the event made available to all attendees, the other finalists’ identities were finally known:

1. Ministry of Health, Malaysia 
2. Melaka State Government and Irrigation and Drainage Department, Melaka 
3. Finance Ministry, Malaysia 
4. Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism
5. Petaling Jaya City Council 
6. Seberang Perai Municipal Council

The winner of this year’s AIPM 2014 – Ministry of Finance with the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) project.

Although MAKNA did not emerge as the winner, the nomination for AIPM 2014 was itself a form of recognition for MAKNA that came from the highest echelons of the government. For a non-profit organisation to be placed on par with other government ministries and agencies, it is akin to acknowledging that MAKNA is on the same footing and level, at least from what can be deduced from the nomination.

MAKNA may not be equipped with the kind of resources that the other finalists may have at their disposal, but to be considered and later shortlisted as the top 3 is already an achievement that will be cherished and treasured for a long time to come.


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