SOCIAL activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye recently received an honorary doctorate from Asia Metropolitan University (AMU) in recognition of his contributions to the community through social works.
Lee, who is chairman of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), received the Honorary Doctorate in Social Work from AMU chancellor Gen (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi Zainuddin at the university’s 11th convocation.
It was Lee’s sixth honorary doctorate as he had previously received Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2000, Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in 2002, Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Social Works) from Universiti Malaysia Sabah in 2012, Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Human Resource Development) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional in 2013 and Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy (Community and Unity) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia last year.
In his acceptance speech, Lee advised the graduands to embrace the core values of excellence, discipline, integrity, mutual respect, confidence as well as openness in communication and humility.
“Put them into practice now and in the future, irrespective of what profession you are in.
“Challenging times are transient but values stand the test of time,” he said.
Lee also reminded them that academic excellence was only part of their achievement and they must also improve their skills in other areas such as interpersonal and problem-solving skills as well as individual creativity.
“In the face of globalisation, our country’s future and prosperity depend on not just intellectual minds but also creativity to handle tasks and problems,” he said.
Lee said they must also be flexible, adaptable, able to communicate and cooperate apart from being a creative thinker, researcher and life-long student.
“Such skills are crucial in today’s working environment to ensure our country competes effectively in this globalised and borderless world,” he said.
Among the various positions Lee currently holds are 1Malaysia Foundation trustee, senior vice-chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation and patron of Selangor Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.