7 Malaysians get Merdeka Award
21 SEPTEMBER 2018, BY New Straits Times
KUALA LUMPUR: Seven Malaysians, out of 49 recipients, were conferred the Merdeka Award in recognition of their contributions and achievements in their fields.
The Merdeka Award, conferred on outstanding individuals and organizations that embody the “Spirit of Merdeka” in their pursuit of excellence, was first established in 2007 by Petroliam Nasional Bhd, ExxonMobil Bhd and Shell Bhd.
Hassan Abd Mutalib won in the field of education and community; Gurmit Singh K.S (environment); Dr Mohd Hair Bejo and Professor Dr G an Ee Kang (health, ccience and technology); and, Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim and Professor Dr Raja Rasiah (outstanding scholastic achievement).
Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who is also the royal patron of the Merdeka Award, presented the awards. Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said the award was presented to ordinary people who had gone above and beyond to perform extraordinary feats. “The Merdeka Award is a fitting salute to their achievements. “They have left lasting legacies that continue to deliver dividends to society.”