Penang to award Dato Seri title to Ahmad Nawab

Ahmad-NawabGEORGE TOWN: A total of 1,223 state awards will be conferred by Penang Governor Abdul Rahman Abbas in conjunction with his birthday during a three-day investiture ceremony beginning tomorrow.

State Secretary Farizan Darus told a press conference today that the highest state honour, the Darjah Panglima Pangkuan Negeri, would be conferred on National Mosque Imam Ismail Muhammad. It carries the title “Dato Seri”.

Farizan also announced that famous Penang musician/composer Ahmad Khan Nawab Khan (Ahmad Nawab), who has composed over 2000 songs would receive the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN), which carries the title “Dato Seri”.

Penang Police Chief Commissioner Abdul Ghafar Rajab will be bestowed a Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN), carrying the title “Dato”.

Overall, seven recipients will receive the DGPN, which carries the title “Dato Seri”; 11 recipients will receive the DMPN, which carries the title “Dato”; and 75 the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri, which also carries the title “Dato”.

Ninety-two recipients will receive the Darjah Johan Negeri, Bintang Cemerlang Negeri (37), Pingkat Kelakuan Terpuji (143), Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (377), Pingat Jasa Masyarakat (401), and Pingat Bakti Setia (79).

The investiture ceremony will begin tomorrow at the Dewan Sri Pinang, Light Street, with 172 recipients receiving their honours.

A guard of honour will be mounted tomorrow by the Royal Armoury, Third Battalion, accompanied by the Royal Malaysian Air Force band.

The Governor will inspect the guard of honour before the investiture ceremony begins.

The award ceremony will continue on Monday (Aug 15), Wednesday (Aug 17) and Thursday (Aug 18).

A state banquet will be held at the Olive Tree Hotel in Bayan Baru tomorrow evening to fete the recipients.

A hi-tea will be organised at the Straits Quay Convention Centre on Monday at 5pm. The governor and his wife will be present at both events.