The Merdeka Award nomination and selection process is independent, objective and fair and administered by a Board of Trustees, Selection Committee and five (5) Nomination Committees. The tenure for members of the Selection and Nomination committees is three (3) years.
The Nomination Committee’s role is to identify, deliberate, shortlist and recommend candidates to the Selection Committee. There are five (5) committees, one for each category, with three (3) members in each of the committees except for Education & Community which has five (5) members.
The role of the 5-member Selection Committee is to deliberate the merits of the candidates put forward by the Nomination Committees and recommend the short-list to the Board of Trustees.
The Board, comprising representatives of the Founding Members as well as two (2) Independent Members, determines the final selection of the recipients. There may not be recipients in every category, every year. The decision must be unanimous and there is one (1) award for each category. The Award can be shared by as many as two (2) recipients.
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