DOHA: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who has been conferred an honorary doctorate by Qatar University received the Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from its President Dr. Hassan Al Derham in a ceremony held at Ibn Khaldoon Hall here Friday (Dec.13).
Dr. Mahathir who is on his four day visit to Qatar received the doctorate in recognition to his outstanding contributions in academic and political spheres that led Malaysia to be prosperous.
In his speech, Dr. Mahathir said, the honorary doctorate that he received was a great privilege not only for him but also to his wife, the Pakatan Harapan government and the people of Malaysia.
“I feel truly honoured. This award that Qatar University has accorded to me will be remembered as a symbol of the strong binds between our countries,” he said as reported by Bernama.
After the four day meeting with Emir Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani, Dr. Mahathir witnessed the signing of a MoU for the establishment of a High Level Joint Committee between the Foreign Ministers of both countries.
The Malaysian delegates include Dr. Mahathir’s wife. Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah; Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu.
He also stressed that Malaysia and Qatar share the same beliefs and commitment with regard to education. Malaysia believes that the pursuit of education is a lifelong process and it is the right of every individual to have access to education.
“Education enhances one’s capabilities and can contribute in determining one’s socio-economic status. I believe universities play a significant role in providing opportunities and support students in acquiring new knowledge and realise their potentials,” said Dr. Mahathir.
The visit includes Dr. Mahathir visiting Baladna Food Industries (Baladna), Qatar’s largest dairy producer.
It was reported that Felcra Bhd. and Baladna Food Industries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Oct.10 and was targeted to set up Malaysia’s largest dairy farm in the next two years in line with the country’s National Food Security Policy as reported by the Sundaily. – Malaysia World News