KUALA LUMPUR: Former Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Abdullah Salleh and Malaysia’s first woman Cabinet minister Tan Sri Fatimah Hashim have been conferred the Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM) which carries the title “Tun,” in conjunction with the birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail today.
They head the list of 2,319 recipients of awards and honours including 21 recipients of the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) which carries the title “Tan Sri,” 54 recipients of the Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) and three the Panglima Setia di-Raja (PSD), both carrying the title “Datuk.”
Abdullah served as Chief Secretary to the Government from 1976 to 1978 while Fatimah was Welfare Services Minister from 1969 to 1973.
The PSM recipients include Attorney-General Datuk Abdul Gani Patail, Election Commission chairman Datuk Wira Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, Chief Judge of Malaya Datuk Haidar Mohamed Noor, Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak and Public Works Department Director-General Datuk Zaini Omar.
Other recipients are two former Cabinet ministers Datuk Seri Zaleha Ismail and Datuk Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh, former UKM Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Anuwar Ali, National Heart Institute chief executive officer Datuk Dr Yahya Awang, Armed Forces Fund Board chief executive Datuk Lodin Wok Kamaruddin, Selangor MIC committee member Datuk G. Hari Narayanan, Penang MCA chairman Datuk Dr Sak Cheng Lum, Utar president Datuk Dr Ng Lay Swee, and corporate figures Datuk Majid Khan, Datuk Chai Kin Kong, Datuk Dr Gan Kong Seng, Datuk Tan Chee Sing, Datuk Hamdan Mohamad and Datuk Abdullah Ali.
The PJN recipients include Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Muhammad Abdullah, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt-Jen Datuk Adenan Mohamad Zain, Malaysia Medical Relief Society (Mercy Malaysia) founder and president Datuk Dr Jemilah Mahmood, veteran singer Sharifah Aini, Malay films veteran Datuk L. Krishnan, Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Datuk Rastam Mohamed Isa, Bernama general manager Syed Jamil Syed Jaafar, Solicitor-General Datuk Zaitun Zawiyah Puteh, Economic Planning Unit Director-General Datuk Seri Iskandar Dzakunain Badarudin, Irrigation and Drainage Department Director-General Datuk Keizrul Abdullah, Anti-Corruption Agency Director-General Datuk Zulkipli Mat Noor;
Director-General/Chief Syariah Judge Datuk Sheikh Ghazali Abdul Rahman, Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain, Deputy Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Ismail Merican, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Director Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Som, Director-General of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (Ikim) Datuk Dr Abdul Monir Yaacob, Socso chief executive Ng Teck and Mardec Berhad chief executive Dr Mahmood Abdul Kadir.
Three recipients of the PSD are Senior Deputy Secretary-General in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Muhammad Mohamed Noor, VVIP pilot Brig-Jen Mohamed Hanif Darimi and RMAF Assistant Chief of Staff Mej-Jen Datuk Nik Ismail Nik Mohamed.
Sixteen others have been conferred the Johan Mangku Negara (JMN), 67 the Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM), four the Johan Setia Di Raja (JSD), 345 the Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN), nine the Kesatria Setia Di Raja (KSD), 794 the Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN), 970 the Pingat Pangkuan Negara (PPN), 31 the Bentara Setia di-Raja (BSD) and two the Kepujian Perutusan Keberanian (KPK).
Recipients of the JMN include Election Commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, Deputy Director-General 1 of the Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department Tengku Datuk Abdul Ghafar Tengku Mohamed and Nanyang Siang Pau’s editor-in-chief Hoong Soon Kean.
Popular singer Siti Nurhaliza and RTM’s director of music Datuk Mokhzani Ismail are among the recipients of the JSM. – Bernama