PUTRAJAYA: Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak have been awarded the Bintang Semangat Padi Kelas Pertama (Emas), the highest Scouting award from the Scouts Association of Malaysia.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin presented the awards at the association’s national-level presentation ceremony at Istana Melawati here yesterday.
The Bintang Semangat Padi is bestowed upon outstanding figures and state and national leaders.
Scout’s honour: Tuanku Mizan (third from left) and Tuanku Nur Zahirah greeting the recipients of the Scouting awards at the national-level presentation at Istana Melawati in Putrajaya yesterday. Joining them is Najib. — Bernama
At the ceremony, the Tuanku Nur Zahirah was also proclaimed National Scouts Honorary Commissioner and the Prime Minister as the Malaysian Scouts President-General.
Also present was National Chief Scout of Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr Shafie Salleh.
A total of 130 people were presented with scouting awards and medals, namely the Bintang Pahlawan, Bintang Semangat Padi Perak, Bintang Semangat Rimba Emas, Bintang Semangat Rimba Perak, Bintang Semangat Rimba Perak (Honorary), and the Pingat Perkhidmatan Gemilang and Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang.
The special award of Bintang Pahlawan, the highest award given to a Scout leader or member for bravery in saving lives and property, went to Sekolah Menengah Kapar Indah Boy Scout, Muhammad Syazwan Zakaria.
Among the recipients of the Bintang Semangat Padi Perak, the association’s second highest award, were Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang and Dewan Rakyat speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia. — Bernama