The Yang di-Pertuan Agong will confer new awards, honours and medals specially for the Federal Territories in conjunction with the Federal Territories' anniversary celebration beginning next year.Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan said they were proposed by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who felt that this was necessary as the Federal Territories did not bestow awards and honours like the other states.He said the Cabinet at its meeting on July 25 agreed to create the Darjah Yang Mulia Mahkota Wilayah's family comprising Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) which carries the title "Datuk Seri," Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) which carries the title "Datuk," Johan Mahkota Wilayah (JMW), Kesatria Mahkota Wilayah (KMW), Ahli Mahkota Wilayah (AMW) and Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah (PPW).The number of annual recipients of the awards, honours and medals is restricted to 250 with the investiture ceremony next year to be held at Istana Negara here.Of the awards, the Seri Mahkota Wilayah is limited to 25 recipients, PMW (75), JMW (200) while the number recipients for other awards are not predetermined.Sidek said the total number of recipients was not definite and could be added with the approval of the Cabinet.The conferment of the honours' list would be arranged by the Federal Territories Ministry with the cooperation of the Protocol and International Conference Secretariat of the Prime Minister's Department, he said in a statement today.He said the proposal was based on the opinion that since its declaration in 1974, Federal Territories had recorded robust growth with three regions under its ambit, namely Kuala Lumpur, Labuan (1984) and Putrajaya (2001)."Taking into consideration the large population of the Federal Territories besides its status as the main `gateway' of the country's administration and development, it was appropriate that the honours' list be accorded to honour and recognise the contribution of Federal Territories' residents as well as non-residents," he said.Nominations are opened in several categories namely the civil service, local authorities and statutory bodies, private sector, associations, volunteer and sport bodies, foreign citizens, armed forces and police personnel and members of political parties.The forms will be distributed beginning Aug 30 and the closing date is Oct 15. The forms are also posted on the Federal Territories Ministry's website. (Bernama)
***** This must be great news for the Federal Territories Minister! The earlier portfolio holder was crying his heart out because the KL Mayor had effectively consolidated his hold on the many multi-million ringgit contracts dished out by City Hall. Despite the machinations of the FT Umno to get the Minister to be the approving authority for contracts or at least share the spoils, the PM poured cold water on their hopes and plans, thus leaving the Mayor to make his own fortune unharassed.
Now like manna from syurga this award thingy has landed on the lap of what must be a very grateful and deliriously happy FT Minister. The only damper to this easy money making venture could be if unfortunately His Majesty, the Agong himself has to approve and sign the Honours list. It's not like Malacca where the CM could lean on the governor and dole out nearly 90 datukships, half of which went to Umnoputeras who helped him get elected as party vice-president.
In any case let us just wait and see how many dedicated and charitable workers in volunteer organisations, high achieving sportspersons and the really deserving in various fields are honoured with high awards. Going by the past record in most states, chances are the lowly Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah would be thrown down to the genuine, deserving candidates while the datuk titles will be reserved for mesyuarat attending senior civil servants, berjuanging umnoputeras, money and gift-bearing towkays and a few feel-good recipients like the Malaysian astronauts, climbers of hills and mountains and swimmers of straits and channels who are Umno members.
I would personally recommend the highest award for the Attorney-General and the Chief Justice for jointly placing Malaysia on the world legal map and providing much input for intellectual discussion in legal circles in many truly democratic countries as well as in law journals and newspapers from East to West. So what if the legal fraternity frowns upon the actions of the above two luminaries? As far as we are concerned semuanya OK and Malaysia Boleh! That's all that matters. Who cares about pengkhianat like the Malaysian Bar Council? None of their office bearers are going to be honoured on this or any other list if we can help it. Image - Source
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