PUTRAJAYA (Dec 7, 2010): Bank Negara Malaysia Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz was named "Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah 1432H" at the national-level Ma'al Hijrah celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here today.
Zeti, 63, is the first woman ever named as the recipient of the "Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah" award in the celebration's history of 24 years.
She received a cash prize of RM100,000, a medal, plaque and a certificate.
Interestingly, Zeti's father, Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid was also named recipient of the award 11 years ago.
Speaking to reporters after receiving the award, she said she had never imagined receiving such an honour.
"I am very grateful and this will be an encouragement and inspiration for me to continue to work hard," said the holder of a doctorate degree in Finance and International Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, in the United States.
Apart from numerous awards she received in Malaysia, Zeti had also received international recognition when she was selected as a member of the United Nations Commission of Experts to suggest the direction