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Dr. Morni Hosted Annual Iftar Dinner 2017 for SIDMA Staff. Print
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:54

Dr. Morni Hj Kambrie (Founder and Chairman SIDMA College) hosted the SIDMA College Annual Iftar Dinner (Majlis Berbuka Puasa) for all SIDMA staff (including from all its subsidiary companies – Bentleytel Malaysia, Didi Childcare Centre, and Fiona Travels and Tours) on 5 June 2017 at Sabah Oriental Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.

Among the more than 150 individuals present during the dinner were Ustaz Hj Mohd Syahir Ismail, Madam Azlina Ngatimin (Director, Corporate Marketing and Business Development), Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO), Heads of Departments, lecturers and staff of SIDMA College and its subsidiaries, their spouse and children. Also present were the newly crowned Sabah Unduk Ngadau 2017, Ms Kerinah Mah (a student at SIDMA College Unitar Sabah), Madam Juliana Jimis, (Chairlady, Kadazan Society Sabah, Putatan Branch, as well as key trainer for the Kadazan Language Public Speaking and Conversational Course conducted at SIDMA College).

The event commenced with a religious sharing session by Ustaz Hj. Mohd Syahir Ismail (Lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Civilisation at Institute of Teacher Education Gaya Campus) for all Muslim staff. During his talk, Ustaz Hj. Mohd Syahir shared on two main topic that revolve around the importance of Sadaqah (Alms). Firstly he talks about the story of Abu Domdom, friend of the Prophet Muhammad SAW that is very poor but he still perform his Sadaqah by way of praying for those around him including forgiving those who did bad things to him every day.

He then mentioned that Sadaqah can even be perform by various ways. The month of Ramadan is a blessed month for many reasons, so he said we must be sure to take advantage of all of its blessings. It is the month in which the Quran was revealed, in which the devils are chained, sins are forgiven, and good deeds are highly rewarded. There is a night near the end of Ramadan in which good deeds are worth thousands months of worship (Lailatul Qadr'). It becomes easier for Muslims to perform good deeds and to ignore evil suggestions and bad thoughts.

The month of Ramadan is blessed since the virtue of fasting is magnified, even though it is already a great virtue. Fasting benefits us by improving our devotion, self-control, and compassion for the poor. Fasting for the entire month is meant to instil the practice, philosophy, and values of fasting as a regular habit. He also shared his personal experiences and knowledge towards better understanding the meaning of Ramadhan to gain Allah consciousness (Taqwa). He too emphasised that fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan as a spiritual cleansing of self-control and refrain, as well as a clear act of obedience and submission.

Dr Morni who was very delighted to host the Iftar Dinner thanked all invited guests and staff as well as their spouse for their attendance and participation. He felt honoured being able to share his time and have dinner with them during this very meaningful occasion. Having iftar with staff is an opportunity to bring all staff a step closer to one another, to share ideas, and get to know one another better, ease feeling of being different, and experience togetherness, as well as to enjoy life. He too took the opportunity to thank all his staff for their continuous hard work, efficacious and loyal commitment to SIDMA’s vision and mission, fulfilling and delivering its promises effectively and efficiently.

As the event coincided with Dr Morni’s birthday, a surprise birthday event was held, whereby a Birthday Cake with lighted candles was brought forth with the staff singing “Happy Birthday” song and Dr Morni was invited to make a wish and blow the candle as well as to cut the birthday cake.

Madam Azizah Khalid Merican (CEO) on behalf of all SIDMA staff conveyed their sincere thank you to Dr Morni and family for their generosity, caring and accommodating attitude for all his staffs’ wellbeing and happiness, particularly during this Ramadhan month. The staff also thanked the management of Sabah Oriental Hotel for the delicious meal and appreciated the opportunity to have friendly conversations among one another during the event.

By Teo Eng Seng and Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor,

SIDMA College Sabah,

KOTA KINABALU.

 
 
 
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