Monday, December 15, 2014

MPKj president aims to create cycling record after retirement

The Star, Saturday December 13, 2014 

A horse-drawn carriage carrying Hasan Nawawi (in red) and his wife Norhalini during the retirement send-off.
A horse-drawn carriage carrying Hasan Nawawi (in red) and his wife Norhalini during the retirement send-off.

THE Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) gave a grand retirement party for Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman on his last day as the council president.

He arrived at the council's compound on a tandem bicycle with his wife, Datin Norhalini Mohd Ali in the back seat. They had cycled together from his home in Taman Desa Ros.

Some MPKj department heads and staff also joined in the convoy to give their former president, who is an avid cyclist, a memorable send-off.

MPKj staff performed traditional Malay dances in his honour and, being a good sport, Hasan Nawawi joined in spiritedly.

He has served MPKj for seven years, and over the course of his term, has made major improvements in areas under the council's jurisdiction.

Under his leadership, MPKj has managed to be awarded four-star local council rating from the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry from 2009 to 2015.

The council was also awarded four-star excellence award based on the financial management accountability index from the Auditor-General's Department in 2012.

The council also received recognition for its five-star portal from Malaysia Government Portals and Website Assessment this year.

One of the major works that Hasan Nawawi helmed was the upgrade of Kajang Stadium, now known as Kajang Square.

The rundown stadium was given a RM3mil facelift under which its tracks and toilets were repaired while a cafe and playground were added to the Kajang landmark.

He also launched a Love Corner — where three heart-shaped stones were placed in Kajang Square.

There is also a bicycle monument, a testament to his love for cycling.

Hasan Nawawi said these achievements were not his alone as they were the result of MPKj’s collective effort.

"I hope MPKj staff will carry on working hard to serve the Kajang community," he said and simultaneously urged residents to work together with the council to keep the township clean.

As an athletic person, he had also organised cycling and hiking trips with the staff.

“We cycled in Indonesia and even climbed Mount Kinabalu seven times.”

In October, four employees of MPKj did the country proud by becoming the first Malaysians to cycle across the Karakoram Highway, the highest paved international road in the world that connects Pakistan and China across the Karakoram mountain range.

Apart from cycling, he also organised various sports competition such as football and futsal for his staff.

“Sometimes we would play football or futsal together," said Hasan Nawawi, adding that these were the best memories that he would take with him in retirement.

As for his plans after retirement, he said he would like to create a world record by cycling 5,000km from China to Uzbekistan through the Silk Road next year.

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