PUTRAJAYA: Three people will be conferred the country’s highest award today – the Seri Setia Mahkota (S.S.M) honour, which carries the title “Tun” – in conjunction with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V’s birthday.
They are Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Tan Sri Michael Chen Wing Sum.
The trio leads the list of recipients of 2017’s federal awards, honours and medals, to be handed out today.
Md Raus, 66, was appointed Chief Justice for three years effective Aug 4; Samy Vellu, 81, is Malaysia’s Special Envoy on Infrastructure to India and South Asia; and Chen, 85, is former deputy president of the MCA and Senate President from 2000 to 2003.
Meanwhile, 51 people will be awarded the “Tan Sri” title today.
They will be led by three recipients of the darjah kebesaran Panglima Mangku Negara (P.M.N.), namely Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin; Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) Chief Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor; and Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Forty-eight others will be conferred the darjah kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M).
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman is among recipients in the political category, which also includes two Umno veterans: Datuk Seri Dr Siti Zaharah Sulaiman and Datuk Seri Dr Suleiman Mohamed.
Also conferred the award are Director-General of the Implementation and Coordination Unit (ICU) Datuk Seri Ahmad Zaki Ansore Mohd Yusof; Federal Court Judge Datuk Wira Aziah Ali; Election Commission (EC) Chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah; and Public Service Director-General Datuk Seri Zainal Rahim Seman.
Other recipients include Former ICU Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Rahamat Bivi Yusoff; Engku Temenggong of Kelantan Datuk Tengku Mohamad Rizam Tengku Abdul Aziz; and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad.
Also receiving the honour are Secretary-General of the Communication and Multimedia Ministry Datuk Seri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad; Keeper of the Rulers Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad; and K & N Kenanga Holdings Berhad Board of Directors’ Chairman Datuk Tengku Noor Zakiah Tengku Ismail.
Fellow recipients are Dewan Negara President Datuk Seri S. Vigneswaran; MIC Chairman Datuk Rajoo Dasari @ Govindasamy; and former MCA leader Datuk Tee Cheng York @ Tee How.
In the local government and statutory body category, recipients are Bank Negara Governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim; Malaysian Rubber Board Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah; Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Halim Shafie; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Vice-Chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Noor Azlan Ghazali; and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
Two commanders in the armed forces are also being conferred the award: Army Chief General Datuk Seri Zulkiple Kassim and Air Force Chief General Datuk Seri Affendi Buang.
Twenty individuals from private and voluntary organisations and associations are also being awarded the P.S.M. They are Albukhary Foundation Vice-Executive Chairman Datuk Seri Ismail Yusof; Safuan Group Berhad Executive Chairman Datuk Mat Shah Sapuan; Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad Deputy Executive Chairman Datuk Seri Wan Zaki Wan Muda; and Binary University Sdn Bhd Executive Chairman Datuk Prof Joseph Adaikalam.
Also conferred the P.S.M. are Press Metal Berhad Group Executive Chief Officer Datuk Koon Poh Keong; Globaltec Formation Berhad Chairman Datuk Seri Dr Goh Tian Chuan; Sunsuria Berhad Chairman Datuk Ter Leong Yap; ENRA Group Berhad Deputy Executive Chairman Datuk Kamaluddin Abdullah; Vice-President of the Association of Malaysian Malay Vehicle Importers and Traders Datuk Seri Abg Khalid Abg Marzuki; Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin; HSS Engineers Berhad Executive Director Datuk Seri S. Kunasingam; and Akisama Group Managing Director Datuk Chang
Also on the list are Iswarabena Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Seri S. Selvarajoo; Pelita Samudera Pertama (M) Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk D. Murugan; Mangkubumi Sdn Bhd Group Executive Chairman Datuk Seri Zainudin Karjan; Kossan Rubber Industries Berhad Managing Director Datuk Lim Kuang Sia; Ekovest Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Seri Lim Keng Cheng; Only World Group Holdings Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Koh Cheng Keong; Ideal Property Development Sdn Bhd Managing Director Datuk Ooi Kee Liang; and Tanah Permai Sdn Bhd Executive Chairman Datuk Lim Pau Chang.
Other recipients are Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited Board of Directors Chairman Chareon Sirivadhanabhakdi; Western Digital (M) Sdn Bhd President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Miligan; Malaysia Earl International Development Sdn Bhd President Datuk Seri Dr Yuhao Aixinjueluo; XINYI Glass Holding LTD Chief Executive Officer Datuk Gerry Tung Ching Sai; and Xin Wang International Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Chuang Chou-Wen. -- BERNAMA