GEORGE TOWN: Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is among 1,085 recipients to be conferred awards in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ 75th birthday.
He is the sole recipient of the Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN) award, which carries the title “Datuk Seri Utama”. Pandikar Amin was first appointed Speaker on April 28, 2008 and reappointed on June 24, this year.
Four people received the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (DPPN), which carries the title “Datuk Seri”,
They are Federal Civil Service director-general Tan Sri Muhamad Zabidi Zainal, businessman Robert Tan Chun Meng, Universiti Sains Malaysia professor Prof Datuk Dr Md Salleh Yaapar and businessman Datuk Seri H’ng Bok San @ H’ng Ah Ba.
Six people will also receive their Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN) that carries the title “Datuk Seri”.
They are Navy chief admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, Housing and Local Government Ministry secretary-general Datuk Arfah Abdul Razak, USM board of governors member Datuk Jamaludin Hasan, conductor Datuk Ooi Chean See, founder of R.A. Group of Company Datuk R. Arunasalam, independent arbitrator and Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration panel member Datuk Shaik Daud Md Ismail.
The 12 recipients for the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN) award, which carries the title “Datuk”, are Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mohd Rashid Hasnon, Penang state assembly Speaker Law Choo Kiang, Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi, Penang Rehda chairman Datuk Jerry Chan Fook Sing and USM vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Omar Osman.
A total of 68 people are also receiving the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) that carries the title “Datuk”. They include Penang Education Department director Ahmad Tarmizi Kamaruddin, USM deputy vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Ahmad Shukri Mustapa Kamal, Toray Industries Inc. president Akihiro Nikkaku, Penang Eurasian Association trustee Dr Anthony Ernest Sibert, Tamil Writers Association Malaysia patron Athi Isvar Athi Nahappan, Justices of Peace council member Dr Balbinder Singh, investor Cheah Cheng Hye, professor of paediatrics and consultant paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Christopher Boey Chiong Meng, geo-technical expert Dr Gue See Sew, Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Hilltop Temple chairman P. Kuvenaraju, former footballer Datuk M. Kuppan, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Penyayang Malaysia Pulau Pinang president Datin Marina Puteh.
For the Darjah Johan Negeri (DJN) award, among the 60 recipients are Penang Girl Guides Association chief commissioner Chan Kit Sin, investPenang general manager Loo Lee Lian, Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa director of communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman.
The Star’s chief reporter A. Letchumanan and Malay Mail northern correspondent S. Arulldas are also recipients of the DJN award.