| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 2 Feb 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysian Punjabi Chambers of Commerce and Industries (MPCCI) president Daljit Singh received the Datuk Seri title while consultant surgeon Dr Balwinder Singh received the Datuk title in conjunction with the Federal Territory day.
They were among the 375 recipients of awards and medals presented by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur on 1 Feb 2017.
Daljit was one of the 19 recipients, who included a Federal minister and three secretary generals of Federal ministries, to receive the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Mahkota wilaya (SMW).
The former one-term former senator, who won a seat in Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) central working committee (CWC) in the 2015 party elections, is also a director of the Malaysian Tourism Promotion Board. He had led Malaysian travel trade players and state tourism authorities to India and Bangladesh in recent months.
Dr Balwinder, a trustee of Gurdwara Sahib High Street in Kuala Lumpur, was one of the 76 individuals who received the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) award which carries the title ‘Datuk’.
Son of policeman Saroop Singh, Dr Balwinder is a consultant surgeon and head of ear, nose and throat (ENT) department at the Putrajaya Hospital since 2000. He also chairs a number of national committees related to rhinology and sleep disorders. His wife Daljeet Kaur is a deputy director in the Ministry of Education.
Another recipient for the Datuk title is Umang Sharma, chairman of Consortium of Indian Industries in Malaysia (CIIM).
The CIIM founder chairman since its inception in 2005 has been actively working with both the Malaysian and Indian Governments in promoting bilateral trade and investments between Malaysia and India, according to a statemet from the consortium.
He is also the Director & CEO of Bry-Air Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a manufacturing company involved in the manufacturing of dehumidifiers and energy conservation systems for green buildings. Its manufacturing plant in Bangi, Selangor, caters for Asean market.
The state titles like Datuk Seri and Datuk, awarded by the Federal and state governments, are much coveted titles in Malaysia. However, in the recent years, Malaysians have began questioning the selection criteria as some of the recipients were found wanting in their contributions while some others were either linked to criminal activities or were suspected to have paid for the titles.
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