MIRI: The Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin yesterday presented state awards to 13 individuals during an investiture ceremony at Miri Marriot Resort & Spa.
The awards were conferred in conjunction with his 91st birthday celebration yesterday.
Heading the list of recipients was General (Rtd) Tan Sri Dato Mohd Ghazali Dato Mohd Seth who was conferred the Datuk Amar Bintang Kenyalang (D.A) award which carries the title ‘Datuk Amar’.
Two managing directors of private firms were conferred the Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (P.N.B.S) which carries the title of ‘Dato Sri’. The recipients are Dato John Lau Kah Sieng of Arkitek KDI Sdn Bhd and Yaw Chee Ming of Lingui Development Berhad.
Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Datuk Joseph Salang was conferred the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang (P.G.B.K) award which carries the title ‘Datuk’.
Four others received the Darjah Jasa Bakti Sarawak (D.J.B.S) which carries the title ‘Datu. They are permanent secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Health Dr Penguang Manggil, director of Sarawak Health Department Dr Zulkifli Jantan, director of Forest Department Ali Usop and general manager of Tabung Baitumal Sarawak Abang Mohd Shibli Abang Mohd Nailie.
For the Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (P.S.B.S.) award which carries the title ‘Dato’, the recipients are mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) James Chan Khay Syn, Imam Besar Sarawak Ustaz Jogi Suhaili , managing director of Gedung Megah Dato Hajijah Uteh, the chief minister’s press secretary Jameson Ahip Nawie and chief executive officer of Samalaju Property Development Sdn Bhd Issac Lugun.
Among those present at the investiture ceremony were the TYT’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah, Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib and Minister of Housing and Tourism Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang.