KUCHING: Sarawak’s fifth Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was posthumously presented the Pingat Satria Bintang Sarawak (SBS), which carries the title Pehin Sri, during an investiture ceremony at Astana Negeri here yesterday.
Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud presented the award to Adenan’s widow Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, who is Tanjong Datu assemblywoman.
SBS – the highest award conferred by the state government – acknowledges Adenan’s service and dedication to the people of Sarawak.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said in his speech that Adenan made significant contributions to the state, especially in his pursuit for greater autonomy.
In addition, Jabu said Adenan also showed he was a chief minister for all races, never side-lining any particular race or group while helming the administration, which resulted in Barisan Nasional winning 72 out of the 82 seats during the 2016 state election.
He added that Adenan’s untimely demise in January left a void and a sense of loss shared by Sarawakians from all walks of life.
Taib also presented the Pingat Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS) to State Legal Counsel Datuk Fong Joo Chung, which carries the title Dato Sri.
Seven recipients were presented the Pingat Johan Bintang Kenyalang (JBK), including Puan Sri Julia Mawan, wife of Saratok Member of Parliament Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, and Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat.
The Pingat Johan Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (JPC) was presented to Bintulu Development Authority general manager Rodziah Morshidi.
The Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (PPC) was presented to 10 recipients, while the Pingat Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (PBS) went to nine recipients.
The Pingat Bintang Kenyalang (PBK) was presented to seven recipients, while 13 recipients were presented the Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (PPB).
The Pingat Ahli Bintang Sarawak (ABS) and Pingat Ahli Bintang Kenyalang (ABK) went to 15 recipients respectively.
Also given out were the Pingat Perkhidmatan Terpuji (PPT) to 16 recipients and the Pingat Bentara Bintang Sarawak (BBS) to 28 recipients.
In total, 123 recipients were conferred awards.
Among those present were Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib – Taib’s wife, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Women’s chief Tan Sri Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, as well as State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and his wife Datuk Fatimah Mohd Iskandar.