No Two Ways About Integrity


On August 12, 2011, Tunku Abdul Aziz, the senator representing Penang in the Dewan Negara, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by his alma mater, the University of Tasmania at Hobart, Australia. This was largely in recognition of his endless fight against corruption. We proudly reproduce his acceptance speech here for all to read.

CHANCELLOR, Provost, Distinguished Guests, Senior Officers of the University, Members of Faculty, Ladies and Gentlemen, Graduates and Diplomates: I know we have all had a long and exciting day; so let me assure you at the outset that this speech will be short.

It is good to return to my old stomping ground. I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by the honour that has just been conferred upon me on this splendid occasion. This award means more to me than anything else that has come my way, because it is my university, after all, that has seen fit to recognise my small contribution to the fight against corruption both inside my country as well as in the wider world.

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