Azman among recipients of Japanese govt’s autumn conferment

The AmBank Group chairman receives the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Japanese govt

By TMR / Pic credit: ambankgroup.com

TAN Sri Azman Hashim is one of the seven Malaysian recipients of Japanese government’s decorations for the 2021 autumn conferment for their contributions in strengthening Malaysia-Japan ties.

Azman was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Japanese government, for his contributions to strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and Malaysia through the Japan-Malaysia Economic Association-Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA) joint conference, which was launched in 1977.

The AmBank Group chairman is also MAJECA president, AseanJapan Business Meeting Malaysia chairman and East Asia Business Council Malaysia chairman.

“On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Look East Policy in 2012, Azman encouraged the Malaysian government and private sector to revitalise the Look East Policy with his strong initiative,” the Japanese embassy said in a statement.

Other recipients include Public Service Department DG Tan Sri Mohd Khairul Adib Abd Rahman, former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Malaysia to Japan Datuk Shaharuddin Md Som, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) former DG Datuk Seri Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar for his contribution to strengthening the relationship in the field of maritime law enforcement between Japan and Malaysia during his tenure as MMEA DG.

Tan Sri Mohd Radzi Abdul Rahman, who served as Ambassador of Malaysia to Japan from 2006 to 2009, was also awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star.

Mohd Radzi played a significant role on strengthening the Look East Policy, including the establishment of the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology to provide Japanese-style engineering education in Malaysia, and suggestion of upgrading the Policy as a “Second Wave” with added value, which turned into the “Look East Policy 2.0” and has been working until today.

Former chairman of Malaysian National News Agency Datuk Seri Azman Ujang and the Japanese Language Society of Malaysia former president Edward Lee Chee Peng were also recognised for their contributions.