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Chief justice heads king's birthday honours list


CHIEF Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria heads a list of 1,523 recipients bestowed awards and medals in conjunction with the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah today.

He is the sole recipient of the Darjah Seri Setia Mahkota Malaysia (SSM), which carries the title "Tun".

Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin were bestowed the Darjah Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN), which carries the title "Tan Sri".

Thirty-nine other people were bestowed the Darjah Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM), which also carries the title "Tan Sri". They include Federal Court judge Datuk Suriyadi Halim Omar, Malaysia's former permanent representative to the United Nations Datuk Hamidon Ali, Sarawak State Secretary Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Sabah State Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Sukarti Wakiman, Petronas president and chief executive officer Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas and Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute chief executive officer Datuk Dr Michael Yeoh Oon Kheng.

Tuanku Abdul Halim's daughter, Datuk Seri Diraja Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz, has also been bestowed the PSM.

Chief of Army Gen Datuk Zulkifli Zainal Abidin and Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar received the PSM.

Among the recipients of the awards for political organisations were former Dewan Negara president and former MCA secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng, Johor Baru member of parliament Datuk Seri Shahrir Abdul Samad, Council of Former Elected Representatives of Malaysia (Mubarak) president Datuk Seri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman and Umno permanent chairman Datuk Paduka Badruddin Amiruldin.

National soccer legend Datuk Abdul Ghani Minhat has also been bestowed the PSM.

Sixty-five people were bestowed the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), which carries the title "Datuk". They include chief administrator of Parliament Datuk Ngah Senik, Sibu High Court judge Yew Jen Kie, Sungai Buloh Hospital head of Medical Department and senior consultant physician Dr Christopher Lee Kwok Choong, Kuala Lumpur Hospital head of Neurosurgery Department Dr Mohammad Saffari Mohammed, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Zaini Ujang, former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission director of investigations C. Thavarajah and Federal Pardons Board member Datuk Seri J.J. Raj.

Also bestowed the PJN were police Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin, MIC secretary-general S. Murugessan, Sarawak Progressive Development Party secretary-general Balang Rining and Dewan Negara deputy president Senator Doris Sophia Brodi.

Three people were awarded the Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (PSD), which carries the title "Datuk". They are senior private secretary of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Elmi Mohd Yusoff, Kedah Civil Service Association deputy president Datuk Adzmi Din and police Special Branch director Assistant Commissioner Musa Mohd Safri.

Thirty-one people were bestowed the Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) award. Among them are National Security Council adviser Datuk Mohd Ghazali Ahmad, Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad, Sabah police commissioner Deputy Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib and Pahang police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani.

Astro creative adviser/TV host Aznil Nawawi and Terengganu police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Jamshah Mustapa were among 101 recipients of the Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM).

A total of 411 people were bestowed the Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) award. They include Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) Economic News Service assistant editor S. Durga Varma and actor Zakaria Ahmad (A. Galak).

The sole recipient of the Panglima Gagah Berani (P.G.B) award is police Assistant Superintendent Hisham Mahmood.

Three people were bestowed the Johan Setia Diraja (JSD); 228 the Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN), seven the Kesatria Setia Diraja (KSD); 628 the Pingat Pangkuan Negara (PPN) and three the Bentara Setia Diraja (BSD). Bernama

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (middle) stands in an army jeep during the inspection of the honor guard in conjunction with his birthday celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, June 2, 2012. The king, who is 84 years old, was born on Nov. 28, but his birthday is officially celebrated as a national holiday on the first Saturday of June. Armed forces chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin (L) stands behind the king. AP/ Lai Seng Sin

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