I’ve been blessed this year as I was conferred a Penang State level award – Pingat Kelakuan Terpuji (PKT) – for my work and contribution towards the state of Penang.
The awards ceremony was held on 10 November (last week) and I was among the 1026 individuals of Penang who received our medals from our new Penang Governor, Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak.
He was appointed in May this year as the 8th governor to replace governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas. Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi was previously the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was born in Penang on 8 January1949.
Each year, the Penang Governor confers awards in conjunction with his birthday celebration and this year, five sessions were held – each session took up half a day.
Many awards are given out yearly. Not all have titles that you can attach to your name. For instance, you carry the title of a Datuk if you are bestowed the DPPN which stands for Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri.
If you see someone with a Dato’ instead of a Datuk (note the spelling difference), he or she would have received any of these titles – DSPN, DMPN, DGPN.
The highest title is DUPN where awardees are titled Dato’ Seri Utama.
Then you’d have those awarded and untitled the such as BCN, PJM and PKT.
I am thankful that I was nominated for a state award for demonstrating expertise in my field, exhibiting exemplary character and contributing towards the state of Penang through my initiatives and activities and roles within the community. I received a PKT medal from the Penang Governor on the morning of 10 November with some 189 people.
Later I found out that the process while simple had many stages of filtering. Nominees had to be vetted by the Inland Revenue Board and police before they are chosen by the Penang State Executive Committee to receive the awards.