MALACCA: Popular Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is among 77 people to be conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM), which carries the title Datuk, in conjunction with the 70th birthday of Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob today.
Heading the list of recipients is State Secretary Datuk Omar Kaseh, navy chief Laksamana Datuk Abdul Aziz Jaafar and Kolej Teknologi Islam Antarabangsa president Datuk Dr Md Yusop Hashim. They will receive the Darjah Cemerlang Seri Melaka (DCSM) which carries the title Datuk Wira.
A total of 758 awards will be given out this year compared to 1,183 in 2007. Omar said this was because no awards were bestowed on Umno personalities in line with the party’s Code of Ethics which prohibits the conferment of titles six months before and after party elections.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong, executive councillor for utilities and public works Gan Tian Loo, PPP state chairman Chiw Tiang Chai, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry secretary-general Dr Muzahet Masruri, state financial officer Naim Abu Bakar, state legal adviser Siti Zainab Omar and state police chief Mazlan Mansor are among those who will also receive the DMSM.
Others to be conferred the DMSM include Farms Best Bhd executive director Fong Kiah Yeow, DK Composite Sdn Bhd executive chairman Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim, Maybank vice-president Ibrahim Muhammad, Malacca Hospital senior paediatric consultant Dr Kuan Geok Lan, Honda Motor Co Ltd chief executive officer Tokeo Fukui and Seni Jaya Corporation Bhd managing director Anne Teo.
Forty-six people will receive the Darjah Seri Melaka (DSM).
They include Foreign Ministry diplomatic officer Ayauf Bachi, University Science and Technology corporate vice-president Badly Shah Arif Shah, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Ministry deputy secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim, Alor Gajah district officer Hashim Ismail, state education director Isa Abu, Malacca Museums Coporation curator Khamis Abas, National Heart Institute cardiologist Sanjiv Joshi Harichan, National Housing Department deputy director G. Parameswaran, Rela adviser Goh Leng Nguan@Goh Ah Guan, MDEC general manager Wee Huay Neo, and well-known 60s artistes Henry Goh, Jantan Osman and Mariam Ahmad.
Among the 27 to be bestowed the Jaksa Pendamai are community leaders Peter Thomas Gomes (Portugese), K. Arunasalam Pillay (Chitty), Loh Sin Wah (Kuan Yin Association) and San Pat (orang asli).
The others include state MIC chairman Datuk R. Raghavan, St Johns Ambulance deputy president Datuk Wong Soon Lim, Auctioneers Association chairman Mustafa Osman, Ex-Policemens Association president Osman Abd Rahman and Pensioners Association deputy secretary Othman Md Drus.
A total of 65 recipients will recive the Bintang Cemerlang Melaka (BCM). They included state MCA Youth secretary Chua Chee Tiong, Indian Progressive Front patron Marimuthu Raman, Perbadanan Melaka Holdings chief executive officer Mashitah Ismail, Melaka Sentral general manager Mohd Saleh Jusman and Malacca Chitty Cultural Organisation secretary Nadarajan Raja.
Among the journalists to be awarded are the Chief Minister’s press secretary Daud Awang and Nanyang Siang Pau state manager Lee Eng Cheong who will receive the Darjah Seri Melaka.
Melaka Hari Ini stringer Jaafar Neekmat was awarded the Jaksa Pendamai.
The Star chief reporter A. Letchumanan, TV9 news manager Mohd Lokman Hamidi and Kelab Media Massa Melaka president Sharin Sahad received the Bintang Cemerlang Melaka.
The Pingat Jasa Kebaktian was given to The Star photographer A. Malex Yahya, TV9 reporter Mohamed Raffi Bachik and China Press journalist Monica Tay Soo Keen.
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