Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
GEORGE TOWN: Karpal Singh was a prominent lawyer who earned the moniker “Tiger of Jelutong”, having served as Jelutong MP for 21 years.
He was also the Bukit Gelugor MP for 10 years and was a prominent advocate for human rights.
Karpal died in April 2014 in a car accident. He was 74.
In recognition of his services to Penang, Karpal has been posthumously bestowed the Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama.
He headed the list of 829 recipients who received state awards in conjunction with Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’ 82nd birthday celebration.
Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said it is an honour for his late father to be awarded the title.
“In his lifetime, he took a stand that he would not take titles as long as he’s in politics. Now that he’s no longer here, circumstances have changed. It’s fitting that he got this honour, ” Ramkarpal said.
Also receiving the DUPN award is Public Services Commission chairman Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman, who is no stranger to the state.
He served 11 years as Penang state secretary – eight years under Gerakan Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and three under DAP Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Five people will receive the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri (DPPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri.
They are Royal Malaysian Air Force deputy chief Lt-Gen Datuk Seri Ackbal Abdul Samad, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, Polish consul-general in Penang Datuk Seri Suppiah Manikam and Army chief Jen Datuk Zamrose Mohd Zain.
Sixteen people will receive the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN), which also carries the title Datuk Seri.
There will be seven and 84 people receiving the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN) and Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) awards respectively, which carry the title Datuk.
The breakdown of recipients for other awards are Darjah Johan Negeri (74), Bintang Cemerlang Negeri (38), Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (126), Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (218), Pingat Jasa Masyarakat (233) and Pingat Bakti Setia (26).
State Speaker Datuk Law Choo Kiang said the award ceremony initially planned for Nov 21 had been postponed to Jan 16.
“The new date is still subject to changes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. We only allocated two days for Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang and Pingat Kehormatan award ceremonies which are on Jan 16 and 17 in Dewan Sri Pinang.
“The ceremony on the first two days will involve 51 and 63 recipients respectively.
“Recipients of the other awards may collect theirs at the same venue from 8.30am to 5pm on Jan 18,19,20 and 21, ” he said.
To ensure crowd control, only the recipient and a partner will be allowed to attend the ceremonies.