Singapore's head of civil service receives top Malaysian award

Singapore's head of civil service, Peter Ong, was today given the award of Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.) (Honorary).

Carrying the title "Tan Sri", the award is also known as Knight of the Most Distinguished Order Of The Crown. It is conferred on Malaysian citizens and foreigners who make outstanding and meritorious contributions.

Mr Ong was honoured with the award by Malaysia's king - His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah - on his official birthday celebration held at the Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Deeply honoured, Mr Ong said that he is very happy to see the growing depth and breadth in relations between both countries' public services over the years.

"We just held the 35th Singapore-Malaysia Public Service Games and 4th Joint Seminar Programme for Malaysia and Singapore Public Sector Leaders in April. These annual events are key highlights of the ongoing active exchanges on topics of mutual interest," he said.

"I look forward to working with our Malaysian colleagues to strengthen these institutional links and foster camaraderie among our public sector leaders. The strong Public Service links will serve to promote greater collaboration between our two countries," Mr Ong added.

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