Sarawak’s Diamond Jubilee: Honoring Distinguished Service with Commemorative Medals


Mohd Zuki, Bonnie Bunyau Among Recipients of Sarawak’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal

Sarawak’s Diamond Jubilee Honoring Distinguished Service with Commemorative Medals
Sarawak’s Diamond Jubilee Honoring Distinguished Service with Commemorative Medals

Celebrating 60 Years of Sarawak’s Independence

KUCHING (July 4) – In a grand celebration of Sarawak’s 60th anniversary of independence, the state honored distinguished individuals who have significantly contributed to its development and welfare. The Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal presentation ceremony was marked by a blend of tradition, pride, and recognition.

Chief Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali Leads the Honorees

Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, the Chief Secretary to the Government, led the prestigious list of recipients. He was among the six honorees awarded the Pingat Peringatan Cemerlang Jubli Intan (Emas), a gold commemorative medal presented by Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

In his speech to the media after the ceremony, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali expressed his deep gratitude and described the award as the highest recognition he has received from the Sarawak government for his service. “I previously served as the Federal Secretary in Sarawak for approximately a year, and this award is a significant recognition. I hope this effort will serve as an encouragement for young officers to continue contributing their best in government service,” he stated.

Honoring Other Notable Recipients

Apart from Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, several other distinguished personalities received the gold commemorative medals:

  • Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, Deputy Digital Minister
  • Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodities, and Regional Development of Sarawak
  • Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya, Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman)
  • Datuk Chin Jiew Bui, former State Financial Secretary
  • Bonnie Bunyau Gustin, national Paralympic athlete

These individuals were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to their respective fields and for their unwavering commitment to the betterment of Sarawak.

Recognition of Service and Commitment

In addition to the gold medals, 184 individuals were awarded the Pingat Peringatan Bakti Jubli Intan (Perak), a silver commemorative medal. This award was given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to the state. Notable recipients included:

  • Datuk Hii Chang Kee, State Deputy Secretary
  • Datuk Mancha Ata, Sarawak Police Commissioner
  • Datuk Ken Leben, Deputy Director General (Control) of Immigration
  • Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau, Chinese community leader

The medals were also bestowed upon former Deputy Minister of Works, Datuk Yong Khoon Seng, and former cabinet ministers of Sarawak, Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie, Datuk Naroden Majais, and Datuk Abang Abdul Rauf Abang Zen.

A Ceremony of Honor and Reflection

The presentation ceremony was more than just an award-giving event; it was a reflection of Sarawak’s rich history and its commitment to recognizing those who have played pivotal roles in its journey. The state’s leaders and dignitaries gathered to honor these remarkable individuals, whose contributions have helped shape Sarawak into what it is today.

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, in his address, emphasized the importance of such recognition in fostering a culture of excellence and dedication among public servants and community leaders. He highlighted that the medals are not just a token of appreciation but a symbol of the state’s gratitude and acknowledgment of the hard work and sacrifices made by these individuals.

Encouraging Future Generations

The recognition of these individuals serves as an inspiration to younger generations to aspire for excellence and to contribute positively to society. It is a reminder that dedication, hard work, and commitment to service are highly valued and appreciated.


The Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal presentation ceremony was a testament to Sarawak’s enduring spirit and its commitment to honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the service of the state. As Sarawak celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence, the stories of these honorees will continue to inspire and encourage future generations to follow in their footsteps.


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