First Sri Lankan Malay to be honored with the title of 'Deshamaniya'
Lion Al-Haj S.B.C. Thassim, JP is the first Sri Lankan Malay to be honored with the National title "Deshamaniya". This recognition was in appreciation for the yeoman social services done by him for more than 50 years, both locally and abroad.
In 1977, the late Hon'ble Presidenrt of Sri Lanka R. Premadasa personally recommended Mr Thassim and appointed him as a Justice of the Peace having visited the YMMA Maligawatte and noticing the multifarious activities carried out by the Instituion.
He was instrumental in inaugurating the National Council of YMMAs in Sri Lanka incorporating the Maligawatte YMMA (Incorporated) - An Approved Charity in 1977 with 48 branches. The majestic 3 storey building of the YMMA was the brain child of Thassim who headed a 3-man YMMA delegation comprising of Haji M. Lafir Cassim and Haji M.A.R. Rahuman to 13 middle eastern countries and collected a substantial amount for the initial construction of the building. Recently a Reception Hall was constructed and named as Haji SBC Thassim Reception Hall, at a cost of Rs.6 million.
Haji Thassim organized the Maligawatte Janaza Welfare Society (Inc) 37 yrs ago, which is doing yeoman service to the poor folks.
He was the Vice President of Riyadh Citi Bank, Saudi American Bank and Samba Financial Group for 30 yrs. In Riyadh he was the President of the Sri Lankan Expatriates' Society and was instrumental in establishing the SLES Free Clinic and several other important projects. He is an active member of the Lions Club.
Photo shows Honorable Al-Haj AHM Azwer conferring the title Deshamaniya to Mr. Thassim watched by Samasiri Ananda Sarath Malawara Ats of Titlerachchi and Samasiri M. Hussain. Some other recipients of titles are on the next photo.
- Asian Tribune -