Ismail Sabri Receives Honorary Doctorate In Medicine From Prestigious Japanese University
Dressed in academic regalia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was awarded the Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by Nihon University today, 24 May
According to Bernama, the honorary degree was in appreciation of Ismail Sabri's efforts and contributions in the fight against COVID-19.
Nihon University is one of the most distinguished and oldest private universities in Japan.
Ismail Sabri received the honorary doctorate from university president Dr Naoto Kato at the Itabashi campus in Tokyo, which is within the compound of the university's hospital.
Expressing his appreciation for the accolade, the premier said it was not for him but for the entire Keluarga Malaysia who have been standing in solidarity with the government in facing the pandemic
"Indeed, the award is a great recognition not only for me but for the entire Keluarga Malaysia who have proven our ability to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in our own way," he said, as reported by Bernama.
He added that Malaysia is also recognised by several international agencies, such as Bloomberg and Nikkei, as among the top five nations in the world to have succeeded in controlling the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Kato in his citation acknowledged that Ismail Sabri had played a central role in Malaysia's response to the pandemic and had given top priority to people's lives and health
The university president said Ismail Sabri's efforts have significantly contributed to the building of trust in international medical collaboration and improvement of technology in remote diagnosis and treatment, as well as functional recovery training.
"Such achievements were highly regarded by the people of Malaysia," said Kato.
Ismail Sabri is currently on a six-day official visit to Japan, which will end on 28 May, reported Free Malaysia Today.
He will be meeting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on 27 May, as well as holding meetings with corporate leaders and businessmen from several leading companies in Japan to draw further investments to Malaysia.