KUCHING: State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion was conferred the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (JPN) which carries the title ‘Datuk” (JPN) at the first investiture ceremony at Istana Melawati.
He received the title from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in conjunction with the King’s birthday, today.
Samion, the Auditor-General Datuk Nik Azman Nik Abdul Majid, Court of Appeal judge P Ravinthran, and Sabah State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong head the list of JPN award recipients.
Other recipients of the PJN award were Foreign Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob, Education director-general Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim, National Security Council director-general Mohd Rabin Basir, CRSC Holdings Berhad vice-chairman Datuk Mohamed Salleh Bajuri and Low Yat Group executive director Low Gee Teong.
Also present at the ceremony was Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
The highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of the Darjah Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM) award, which carried the title ‘Tun’ to Chief Justice Tan Sri Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) pro-chancellor Tan Sri Dr Arshad Ayub.
The two prominent figures led the list of 31 recipients of the federal awards, honours and medals.