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13 years late datukship for two Indian climbers

M. Magendran and N. Mohanadas, you both have to wait for 13 years for your rightful datukship unlike another bumi hero who failed to sail around the world.

My theory is you both are not bumiputeras, therefore not qualified to be recommended for datukship by BN government.

Datuk for two Everest climbers
By Opalyn Mok and Bernard Cheah

GEORGE TOWN (July 10, 2010): Thirteen years after they become the first Malaysians to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, M. Magendran and N. Mohanadas were today (10 July 2010) conferred with the title ‘Datuk’ by the Penang Yang diPertua Negri.

M. Magendran (left) and N.Mohanadas, the first Malaysians to climb Mount Everest in 1997, congratulating each other after being conferred the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN), which carries the title 'Datuk', by the Penang Yang diPertua Negri, at the Dewan Sri Pinang.

The duo, who planted the Jalur Gemilang on the summit of the 8,848m mountain on May 23, 1997, were each decorated with the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) by Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas in conjunction with the latter’s birthday celebrations at the Dewan Seri Pinang here.

The duo became the centre of attention among reporters and guests when they emerged from the hall after a formal ceremony to receive their awards.

Visibly moved by the recognition, Mohanadas, an accounts manager with Shell Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, said the welcome he and Magendran had received in Penang reminded them of the adulation they had felt when they returned from their conquest 13 years ago.

“The way people now recognise and appreciate (the achievement) is like 13 years ago when we came back… It is the same mood of celebrating when we received the datukship today,” he said.

Magendran, a sports manager with the National Sports Council, said they were both thankful to the state government for the award bestowed upon them.

“It is not just an award and honour to us, but it is also (a tribute) to the Malaysian Mountaineering Federation, my fellow climbers and those who had supported and prayed for us when we climbed the mountain, including our family and friends,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) Prof P. Ramasamy said the conferment of the awards to the duo was what the state government could do to acknowledge their formidable achievement.

“It was no joke that they climbed up the mountain, being seconds away from death,” he added.

Ramasamy also said he would discuss with state Sports and Youth committee chairperson Lydia Ong Kok Fooi to come up with hill-climbing programmes where the Everest heroes can help guide and inspire youths.

Magendran and Mohanadas, who were present with their wives V. Senthamarai and R. Manimegalai respectively, were among 48 recipients of the DSPN award.

Among the others who received the award was theSun columnist Dr Goh Ban Lee, Penang Deputy Speaker Tan Hock Leong and deputy chairman of the Penang state Appeals Board, Yeo Yang Poh.

Special advisor to the Penang Chief Minister, Datuk Chet Singh, who is also a former Penang Development Corp general-manager, and Penang Hospital special ‘A’ grade senior consultant Datuk Dr Lim Yu Hoe were also present to accept the Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (DGPN) which carries the title ‘Datuk Seri’.

In addition, a total of nine people were conferred the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (DMPN) award which carries the title ‘Datuk’. Among them was the Penang Deputy Chief Minister (I) Mansor Othman. — theSun

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