Official Conferment Ceremony of the Distinguished World Citizen of Peace and Humanity Award

Acceptance speech by Tan Sri Lim, at the Embassy of the State of the Palestine
2 July 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen,

What we have done is no more than a drop in the ocean compared to the heart-breaking suffering of the brave people of Palestine.

I must thank his Excellency, the ambassador for this honour from the State of Palestine, which I accept on behalf of the many people who work with me, my staff and students who have come from many parts of the world, but who have always stood together with me as one.

Of all awards I have received, this one is the most meaningful because it comes from Palestine. Because it comes from a brave people who have spent the last 60 years in refugee camps in their own country, fighting to protect their sovereignty.

I am humbled beyond words by the dignity, the unshakable determination and unbending resilience of the Palestinians people. No words that I say can sufficiently convey my respect for the people of Palestine, and the pain I feel for the destruction that has been inflicted upon them.

It has been several years now that I have been engaged in providing what little support that I could gather for the people of that threatened nation.

It was in the 90s that I started to be involved, to be active in the cause to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinian people.

The "Heal the World" campaign, which was launched by His Excellency himself, will be promoted worldwide through our campuses in Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as the Internet. We expect to reach millions who visit our website from across the world.

The whole world has watched in horror the killing of children and defenceless women, the cruel destruction of homes and houses.

The whole world wants the guns to fall silent, the bombs to stop falling, the tanks to stop crushing, the bullets to stop killing. The whole world wants to see peace in Palestine.

Ladies and gentlemen,

It makes absolutely no sense that so many are made to suffer by the few who control the world simply by the brute force of their military superiority.

The world wants to see an end to the suffering. Everybody wants to see an end to the bombing and the killing.

God willing, we will, in our lifetime. God willing, in my own lifetime, I will see peace over a united Palestine.

Once again, your Excellency, I thank you for this kind gesture.