DFA honors Malaysian as outstanding employee

Posted at 08/02/12 2:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Malaysian who served the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia for over four decades was a recipient of this year's Outstanding Employee Award, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Hajji Ahmad (8th from right) poses with former Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur officers and staff. Photo by Gonaranao Musor, DFA Office of Middle East and African Affairs and former Second Secretary and Consul at the Embassy.

Malaysian Ahmad bin Buyong received his award from Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario last July 26 in Manila after being nominated by Ambassador Eduardo Malaya.

"Thank you for your 44 years of faithful service,” said Secretary del Rosario during the ceremony.

Aside from him, another embassy staff, Faith Planas-Bautista, was also selected for the award.

Also known as Hajji Ahmad to people in the embassy, he is considered as an institution, having served the post as its official driver since 1968.

"He is a veritable source of historical information for Embassy personnel, as he has witnessed the changing landscape of Philippines-Malaysia relations," the DFA said in a press statement.

He had served a long-list of ambassadors from Yusof Abubakar, the country's first ambassador to Malaysia, and his nine successors.

At 65, he remains the efficient, endearing and highly courteous man that present and former and embassy officers and staff have cherished.

"As driver, he knows more than the usual share of secrets – both official and personal – but is discreet and can be relied upon to keep others’ confidence," the DFA said.