Malaysian Wins International Consumers Education Award
Dato' (Dr.) Anwar Fazal, Director of the Right Livelihood College, University Sains Malaysia (USM) and Chairperson Emeritus of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) has been selected for the 2013 International Tower Person Award for Consumer Education. The award was presented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 20, at a ceremony organized by the Federation of Malaysia Consumer Association (FOMCA). The award is presented for outstanding, creative and energetic achievements on consumer education. Prof Dr. Heiko Steffens of the Technische Universität Berlin, German, and Chairman of the Prize Jury, presented the Award at a ceremony attended by Dato' Marimuthu, President of FOMCA and other distinguished consumer advocates. Anwar was the founder of the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) in 1969 and several other global citizen networks including Health Action International (HAI) and Pesticide Action Network (PAN).He was the first person from the third world to be the elected president of the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU). Anwar, Steffens added, continue his creative activities in establishing and leading the Right Livelihood College at the USM, a pioneering and innovative university change making initiative linking winners of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, with young scholars and sharing the vast experience, knowledge and passion.