Only Fed­eral Govt can nom­i­nate a can­di­date for ‘Tan Sri’ award

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has the pre­rog­a­tive to nom­i­nate a can­di­date to re­ceive the fed­eral award, which car­ries the ti­tle “Tan Sri”.

Even so, the nom­i­nees would need to go through a strin­gent vet­ting process.

Sul­tan of Kedah Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim Mu’adzam Shah’s se­nior pri­vate sec­re­tary, Datuk Elmi Yu­soff, said there was no such thing as a state ruler hav­ing the power to rec­om­mend any­one to ob­tain the “Tan Sri” ti­tle.

“There is no quota or any power vested on any state ruler to make rec­om­men­da­tions for the re­cip­i­ents of the ti­tle.

“The rec­om­men­da­tions come from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. The ti­tle is awarded to in­di­vid­u­als who have made con­tri­bu­tions to the coun­try.

“The vet­ting process is strict and the nom­i­nee will un­dergo many checks be­fore it reaches the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong,” Elmi told the New Straits Times.

Sul­tan Ab­dul Halim is the im­me­di­ate past Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

Elmi was com­ment­ing on the re­cent ex­pose by Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar about an agent who had of­fered him RM2 mil­lion to sug­gest names to the chief sec­re­tary to the gov­ern­ment so that they would re­ceive Tan Sri ti­tles from the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

The Is­tana Ne­gara web­site states that the fed­eral-level award, Pan­glima Mangku Ne­gara, car­ries the ti­tle of “Tan Sri”. The re­cip­i­ent’s wife will carry the ti­tle “Puan Sri”.

The award is given to a distin­guished and high-rank­ing in­di­vid­ual who has given ex­cel­lent ser­vice to the coun­try in any field.

The award is lim­ited to only 75 peo­ple, ex­clud­ing for­eign­ers who are be­stowed honorary ti­tles.

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