MIRI: State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion led the list of award recipients in conjunction with the 83rd birthday of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sr Abdul Taib Mahmud here yesterday.
Jaul was conferred the award of Datuk Amar Bintang Kenyalang (DA), which carries the title ‘Datuk Amar’.
Two others who received the same award were State Financial Secretary Dato Sri Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman and Dato Sri Dominic Dago, a former MP for Serian.
The investiture ceremony that took place at Mega Hotel here yesterday witnessed the conferment of various state awards and medals to a total of 29 recipients from different backgrounds.
The awards and honours were given out by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
The Panglima Bintang Kenyalang (PNBS) which carries the title ‘Dato Sri’ was awarded to Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, former assistant minister Datuk Gramong Juna and Deputy State Secretary Datu Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki.
Eight others were bestowed the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang (PGBK), which carries the title ‘Datuk’.
They are assistant ministers Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail (Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development), Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring), and Malcom Mussen Lamoh (International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development).
Also receiving the PGBK award were former Datuk Bandar of Kuching City North Datuk Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai, Shell Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain John Lo, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) chief executive officer Sauu Kakok, Serba Dinamik Sdn Bhd chairman Abdul Kadier Sahib, and Anglican Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei Reverend Danald Jute.
Five senior state government officers were honoured with the Darjah Jasa Bakti Sarawak (DJBS) which carries the title ‘Datu’.
Two of them are permanent secretaries Bakrie Zaini and Zaidi Mahdi while three others are heads of departments Antonio Kahti Galis, Hamden Mohammad and Chok Moi Soon.
Awarded the Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) which carries the title ‘Dato’ were Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang, former state assemblyman Datuk Awang Bemee Pengiran Ali Basah, Ibrahim Baki, Leonard Martin Uning, Bujang Mohidin Jol, Rakayah Madon, Temenggong Abdul Rahman Fadzail, Temenggong Samuel Lawen, Wong Tiong Hook and Mohamad Marzuki Mohamad Omar.
Other awards conferred were Johan Bintang Kenyalang (10 recipients), Johan Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (2), Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Emas) (11), Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (Honorary) (1), Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (33), Pegawai Bintang Kenyalang (63), Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (Perak) (141), Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (Posthumous) (2), Ahli Bintang Sarawak (144), Ahli Bintang Kenyalang (86), Pingat Perkhidmatan Terpuji (Gangsa) (130) and Bentara Bintang Sarawak (105).
Attending the ceremony were the wife of the Head of State Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, ministers and assistant ministers and their wives, heads of government departments, community leaders and other local dignitaries.