Minister of Works receives the IRF Professional of the Year 2016 Award

YB Dato' Sri Haji Fadillah Haji Yusof, Minister of Works, Malaysia and one of the chief architects behind Malaysia's spectacular highway investment programme was nominated to receive the International Road Federation's (IRF) most distinguished individual honour. 

Established in 1951, IRF's Professional of the Year award recognises eminent public, private and education sector professionals with an outstanding track record of leadership and commitment to the road transport industry. Throughout the years, the award has recognised some of the world's most influential transport leaders for their work in the field of advocacy, policy, research and educational programmes in support of better, safer and more sustainable road networks globally. 

Prior to his political mandate, Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah, a lawyer by profession, was actively involved in non-governmental organisations and numerous charities. His foray into politics saw him elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004. In 2008, he was elevated to the post of Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation leading to his appointment in 2013 as Minister of Works. 

Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah quickly immersed himself in implementing innovative strategies to aggressively address Malaysia's road deficit as a means to promote economic development and shared prosperity. Malaysia has now embarked on its most ambitious road development programme ever conceived since independence - the Trans Borneo Highway connecting the states of Sarawak and Sabah and linking Brunei Darussalam. Estimated to cost some RM 27 billion, this 1,300-mile, four-lane toll-free highway is scheduled for completion in 2025. 

Accepting the award, the Minister said that “road construction is expected to continue being an important driver for the economy and a key generator of skilled jobs for Malaysians as we progress towards a high-income nation." 

IRF Chairman Abdullah Al-Mogbe in a statement highlighted the achievements under Dato’ Sri Haji Fadillah's tenure, noting they would serve as an inspiration for regional leaders in their efforts to address Asia's infrastructure deficit. “The award will also further strengthen the ties between Malaysian transport stakeholders and the global community of road professionals”, he said. 

The award was presented on 17 October following the opening ceremony of the Congress.