Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today conferred the Darjah Seri Setia Mahkota award, which carries the title ‘Tun’, to Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) pro-chancellor Arshad Ayub.
The two prominent figures led the list of 31 recipients of the federal awards, honours and medals in conjunction with the King’s birthday, at the first investiture ceremony at Istana Melawati today.
Tengku Maimun, 61, who was appointed chief justice on May 2, 2019, is the first woman to hold the highest post in the Malaysian judiciary system.
Arshad, 91, of the other hand, has been the pro-chancellor of UiTM since 2000 and is also the chancellor of Universiti Islam Malaysia (UIM) since 2019.
He has also received the Tokoh Merdeka award in 2014 and was named Tokoh Melayu Terbilang in 2012.
Also present at the ceremony was Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
The first ceremony today also saw four leading national figures received the Panglima Mangku Negara and 12 others received the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota, both of which carry the title Tan Sri.
The recipients of the PMN award were Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali, Attorney-General Idrus Harun, Chief of Defence Force General Affendi Buang and Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.
The 12 people who received the PSM award were Court of Appeal president Rohana Yusuf, Public Service Department director-general Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Army chief General Zamrose Mohd Zain and Air Force Chief General Ackbal Abdul Samad.
The other recipients of the award were Deputy Inspector-General of Police Mazlan Mansor and Olympic Council of Malaysia president Mohamad Norza Zakaria, Lotus Corporation Berhad chief executive officer R Doraisingam, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) chairman Ahmad Nizam Salleh, Sunway Group Berhad president Chew Chee Kin, Platinum Victory Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Gan Yu Chai and Sena Group of Companies founder and managing director Tan Boon Hock, who is also Optimax Holding Berhad founder and director.
Al-Sultan Abdullah also conferred the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara award that carries the title Datuk to Auditor-General Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, Court of Appeal judge P Ravinthran, Sarawak State Secretary Jaul Samion and Sabah State Secretary Safar Untong.
Other recipients were Foreign Ministry secretary-general Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Education director-general Habibah Abdul Rahim, National Security Council director-general Mohd Rabin Basir, CRSC Holdings Berhad vice-chairman Mohamed Salleh Bajuri and Low Yat Group executive director Low Gee Teong.
The King also conferred the Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja that carries the title Datuk to Prime Minister’s Department deputy secretary-general (management) Mohammad Ismail, Prime Minister’s Department Legal Affairs Division director-general Roziah Abudin, personal doctor to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Dr Mahathar Abd Wahab, and personal doctor to Raja Permaisuri Agong Dr Zanariah Hussein.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has described the conferment of the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota on him today as a symbol of appreciation to all frontliners and Health Ministry staff in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I truly represent the ministry and frontliners to receive this award,” he said when met after the investiture ceremony today.