15 Jun 2009

PNG Opposition Leader gets a higher level knighthood in Queen's Honours

7:26 pm on 15 June 2009

The Papua New Guinea Opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, has been given the highest honour in the country's Queen's Birthday honour's list.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Sir Mekere now becomes a Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, KCMG, for his services to the community, public service and politics.

New knights named are Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu for his services to public administration, politics and community.

Tan Sri Datuk Tiong Hiew King, the chairman of the Malaysian multi-national, Rimbunan Hijau, becomes Sir Tiong for his services to commerce, community and charitable organisations.

Sir Tiong is also the chairman of Pacific Star, which publishes The National.

The Governor of the central bank, Wilson Kamit, becomes Sir Wilson for his services to the Bank of Papua New Guinea.

The next highest award, of Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, was bestowed on Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni for services to the Catholic church as the Bishop of Kavieng.