Text by Nick Tan (with reference to Buletin Mutiara)
Photos from Wong Siew Te
In conjunction with the Penang Governer’s recent birthday celebrations, some top civil servants were recognised for their contrbutions to the civil service. Among the list, there were Tan Sri Dr. Ali Bin Hamsa, Chief Secretary to the Government who received Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN), CEO of Tah Wah Group Sdn Bhd, Dato’ Hong Yeam Wah, who received Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN) and Datuk Ng Wee Kok who had served three Chief Ministers in his capacity as Senior Private Secretary and others.
Many were awarded for their contributions to the society and the environment. One of them was Mr. Wong Siew Te, CEO and founder of our centre. Congratulations Wong! Your countless efforts have not been in vain.
This Order was instituted in 1969 and conferred on individuals who have contributed outstanding services in any field. This award is limited to one thousand one hundred and fifty living persons, excluding non-Malaysians who may be conferred this award on an honorary basis.
Enthusiastic Wong shared with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng about sun bears and his conservation effort in saving them.
“In 1994, I went to University of Montana to seek a dream that was considered a ‘difficult task’ for many people from ordinary Asian families. The dream, which put me on the right track of my career, was to pursue a bachelor degree in Wildlife biology,” recalled Penangite Wong.
More news article (in Chinese) can be found here.