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Malaysian tycoon bestowed knighthood

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Datuk Tiong Hiew King is among the four prominent figures in Papua New Guinea to have been knighted Monday in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours.

PNG Opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta was bestowed with the highest award and was named a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).

Tiong was knighted a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent order of the British Emprie (KBE) together with PNG Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu, and PNG Central Bank governor Wilson Kamit.

The three new knights will now be addressed by their first names as Sir Puka, Sir Hiew King and Sir Wilson.

The new knights were among more than 90 people recognised for their services to the country in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours and Awards.

Sir Puka was recognised for his services to public administration, politics and community; Sir Hiew King, chairman of the Rimbunan Hijau group, was recognised for services to commerce, community and charitable organisations. He is also the chairman of Pacific Star Limited, which publishes The National.

Sir Wilson was recognised for services to the Bank of Papua New Guinea.

The next highest award of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) was bestowed on Reverend Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni for services to the Catholic Church as bishop of Kavieng.

Attorney-General and Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat received an Order of British Empire (civil division) CBE for services to law, National Government and the East New Britain community. (MySinchew)

MySinchew 2009.06.16

 

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