KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat headed the list of 42 recipients who received awards from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on the first day of the investiture ceremony in conjunction with His Majesty’s official birthday.
Tengku Maimun, 60, who was appointed to the post of Chief Justice on May 2, received the Darjah Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN), which carries the title "Tan Sri".
Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also graced the ceremony held at Balairung Seri Istana Negara here on Monday (Sept 9).
Tengku Maimun, who is from Kota Baru, created history when she became the first woman to be appointed head of the country’s highest judiciary body.
Others who were conferred the PMN were Chief Secretary to the Government (KSN) Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar and Malaysian Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.
Ismail, 58, was appointed KSN on Aug 29 last year. He has served in the civil service for 32 years and has extensive experience in economic and financial management.
Zulkifli, 60, who assumed the Armed Forces' top post on June 20 last year, was Army chief in 2011.
They were among 795 individuals conferred awards in several categories, by the King in conjunction with his birthday this year.
The ceremony on Monday (Sept 9) also saw 15 others receiving the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which carries the title "Tan Sri", namely Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Seri David Wong Dak Wah @ David Wong, Attorney General Tommy Thomas, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, former Public Service Department director-general Datuk Seri Borhan Dolah, Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, Treasury secretary-general Datuk Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Datuk Badariah Arshad, Army chief Jen Datuk Seri Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi, Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Admiral Datuk Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, and former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Balia Yusof Wahi.
Other recipients who received the PSM were MFDM Holdings group executive chairman Datuk Seri Mahamad Fathil Mahmood, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers president Datuk Soh Thian Lai, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) president and CEO Datuk Prof Chuah Hean Teik and Qatari Attorney General Ali Mehsin AR Fetais.
The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also conferred the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title "Datuk" to 21 recipients, namely director-general of the Implementation and Coordination Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department Nor Azri Zulfakar, Higher Education director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Solicitor General II Datuk Siti Zainab Omar, Election Commission (EC) chairman Azhar Azizan Harun, Kuching High Court judge Supang Lian and Johor Baru High Court judge See Mee Chun, as well as Forest Research Institute of Malaysia director-general Datuk Dr Abd Latif Mohmod.
Others who received the PJN were Federal Territories mufti Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad, EC secretary Datuk Mohamed Elias Abu Bakar, Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wahid Razzaly, Construction Industry Development Board chief executive Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid and Deputy Principal Private Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Datuk Akbar Samon.
Others were Malaysian Armed Forces chief of staff Lt Jen Datuk Kamalruzaman Mohd Othman, Malaysian Armed Forces Defence Intelligence Division director-general Lt Jen Datuk Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan, deputy chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar Yahya, Department of Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Datuk Seri Rosli Ab Rahman, former periodontic senior consultant in the Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Federal Territory Health Department Dr Ahmad Sharifuddin Mohd Asari, Football Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin, DXN Holdings Bhd founder and CEO Datuk Dr Lim Siow Jin and Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association president Prof Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin.
On Monday, Sultan Abdullah also conferred the Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (PSD), which carries the title "Datuk", on Datuk Paduka Maharaja Lela Istana Negara Azuan Effendy Zairakithnaini, Malaysian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Datuk Mohd Ashri Muda and protocol chief in the Ceremonial and International Conference Secretariat Division of the Prime Minister's Department Rozainor Ramli. — Bernama