KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Once dubbed as “the most hated woman in Malaysia”, the Jelapang assemblyman who helped bring down the Perak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government last year will now be known as “Datuk Hee Yit Foong”.
The deputy state speaker was awarded the Darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) in conjunction with the Sultan’s 82nd birthday today. .
The now Barisan Nasional-friendly (BN) independent will receive the award at an investiture ceremony today.
The polio patient was one of three state assemblymen in Perak whose decision to turn independent in the 59-seat assembly changed the power equation in February 2009. Hee is the only one to receive the award among the three.
Her involvement had led to a steady stream of criticisms and accusations from her former party colleagues who strongly believed that the estranged former DAP leader was on the Barisan Nasional’s payroll.
Hee had the distinction of being the first non-Malay female and disabled person to be appointed as Deputy Speaker in the state legislative assembly when PR took power after Election 2008.
Today, she will be among the 919 to be conferred awards and titles from the state’s ruler Sultan Azlan Shah and one of the 56 to receive the title of “Datuk”.
Ironically, she will now share the same accolade as that accorded to her former party’s chief, Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.
Bernama reported that Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Almarhum Sultan Iskandar topped the recipients list and will be conferred the Darjah Kerabat Diraja Yang Amat Dihormati (DK).
He is followed by Perak Raja Ahmad Nazim Azlan Shah Raja Ashman who will receive the Darjah Yang Teramat Mulia Darjah Kerabat Azlan II (DKA II).
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah Perak Yang Teramat Dimulia (SPSA), which carries the title Datuk Seri Diraja.
Chief Justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi will receive the Darjah Seri Paduka Cura Si Manja Kini (SPCM), which carries the title of Datuk Seri.
Four recipients will receive the Darjah Datuk Seri Paduka Mahkota Perak (SPMP), which carries the title Datuk Seri — Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Perak state secretary Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Hashim, Orang Kaya-kaya Laksamana Raja Mahkota Datuk Mohd Amin Shukeri Ali Akbar and Muneyoshi Ueda, a Japanese philanthropist.
Ajijoi ~ Cara Umno membalas jasa kerana menjatuhkan kerajaan PR. Tetapi sayangnya, apabila katak Cina diberikan laba manakala katak Melayu duduk menganga.