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KUCHING: In conjunction with Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 81st birthday celebrations today, former head of state Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng will be honoured with the Satria Bintang Sarawak (SBS) which carries the title Pehin Sri.
The late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who was the state’s fifth chief minister will be posthumously bestowed with the SBS.
His successor Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is the sole recipient of the Datuk Patinggi Bintang Kenyalang (DP) award which carries the title Datuk Patinggi.
Meanwhile, the Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS) which carries the title Dato Sri will be presented to four recipients — Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem; Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim; Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah; and state legal counsel Datuk JC Fong.
The five receiving the Panglima Gemilang Bintang Kenyalang (PGBK) which carries the title Datuk are Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Snowdan Lawan, State Attorney General Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, former Balingian assemblyman Abdul Ajis Abdul Majeed and Universiti Malaya deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud.
Meanwhile, the four recipients of the Darjah Jasa Bakti Sarawak (DJBS) award for senior civil servants which carries the title Datu are Infrastructure Development and Transportation Ministry permanent secretary Safri Zainudin, Public Works Department director Zuraimi Sabki, state human resources director William Patrick Nyigor and Native Court chief registrar Michael Dawi Alli.
The Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (PSBS) which carries the title Dato will be received by Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang, former state health director Dr Yao Sik Chi, former Ninth Brigade Infantry commander Brigadier-General (R) Datuk Damien Abdullah, Development Bank of Sarawak board member Sharkawi Alis, Temenggong Helmi Mohd Gol, Bernard Aggan Assan, Goh Leng Chua, Rabiah Johari, Alex Ting and Yet Adenan.
Other various awards will be presented to a total of 929 recipients during the investiture ceremony, which is scheduled to be held today.