- Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1992)
- Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Sulaiman bin Haji Daud was one of the first Malaysian students to study at the University of Otago in New Zealand under the Colombo Plan. According to the university’s website, “The Colombo Plan was established in 1950 as a cooperative venture for the economic and social advancement of the peoples of South and Southeast Asia. In the early years, assistance from developed to developing countries comprised both the transfer of physical capital and technology, as well as a strong component of skills development – so while infrastructure was constructed in member countries, a large number of people were simultaneously trained to manage such infrastructure and growing economies. Approximately 3,500 students came to New Zealand as part of the Plan during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, ....”
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. Sulaiman bin Haji Daud graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 1962, and would in 1993, be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa (HonLLD). His relationship with his alma mater continued throughout his life with memberships in the University of Otago’s Alumni Association of Malaysia and the Foundation for Malaysia.
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman bin Haji Daud was a practicing dentist who entered into politics in 1978. He held several different cabinet posts in the Government of Malaysia before being appointed Minister of Education in 1991, followed by the Minister of Agriculture in 1995. He would return to higher education in 2005, with his appointment as chancellor of the International Medical University.
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman bin Haji Daud was awarded the Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion by President Thomas Ehrlich in 1992, and the Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia in 2000. The latter award is given for meritorious service to the county and awarded by the sovereign.
YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman bin Haji Daud passed away on March 23, 2010.