Malaysia – Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, has bestowed the Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) honor, which holds the title of ‘Datuk,’ to Malaysian squash queen Nicol Ann David.
The second session of the investiture ceremony to award the 2021 Federal orders, decorations, and medals in connection with the official birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which took place at Istana Negara just recently included Nicol who is 38 years old, and is was one of the 12 PJN recipients of that day.
The Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was also in attendance at the event.
The PJN was also given to Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali, the secretary-general of the International Trade and Industry Ministry, who was at the top of the list of awardees.
Kelantan state secretary Datuk Nazran Muhammad, UPNM vice-chancellor Lieutenant General Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah, former Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Huzir Mohamed, and Royal Malaysia Police Special Branch director Datuk Zamri Yahya were among those who received the ‘Datuk’ title.
The second session of the ceremony haswitnessed a total number of 201 recipients to have received their accolades and medals, this number of recipients included 12 PJN recipients, six Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) recipients, Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM) (seven), Johan Setia Diraja (JSD) (two), Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMM) (18) , Kesatria Setia Diraja (KSD) (five), Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) (36), PIngat Pangkuan Negara (PPN) (85) and Bentara Setia Diraja (BSJ) (30).
Moreover, since the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet fully under control, the attendees were required to wear a face mask, have their body temperature taken, as well as have their MySejahtera QR code scanned at the Istana Negara security hall before entering Face masks were also worn by Istana Negara staff, and chairs at Balairong Seri were organized to guarantee physical distance as required by the Health Ministry.