Peat soil expert receives “Tokoh Wanita” Award for her contributions in scholarly writing

Fatimah (fourth right) and other distinguished guests pose for a photo-call with the Tokoh Wanita Award recipients including Dr Lulie (second right). Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, March 9: Peat soil expert Dr Lulie Melling was among five exemplary women who received the “Tokoh Wanita” Award in recognition of their achievements, leadership and contributions to society at the State-level Women’s Day celebration held at Miri yesterday (March 8).

Lulie, who is the director of Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (Tropi) received the Premier of Sarawak Special Award in Scholarly Writing from Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah.

“I hope more women will work harder to achieve their ambitions and dreams,” she told Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) in a brief interview.

The other four recipients of the Tokoh Wanita Award were Datin Aisah Eden (Sarawak Premier Award—Women’s Leadership), Sandra Trinata Kolarensius Sugeng (Sarawak Premier Award—Woman Entrepreneur), Yang Mulia Raja Noor Akmar Raja Kamil (Sarawak Premier Award—Woman Social Activist) and Kuching Autistic Association (Outstanding Organisation Award).

“I am grateful because after 30 years of being active in social works and activities with the support from friends and colleagues, my sacrifice has been recognised by the Sarawak government,” Raja Noor Akmar said.

Meanwhile, every year in conjunction with the State-Level Women’s Day Celebration, the ministry has included the Tokoh Wanita Award which is the Sarawak government’s recognition for the contributions of Sarawak women in various fields, based on either individual, or association and organisational excellence. — DayakDaily