Pingat Tunku Award

In recognition of their academic achievement and commitment to the leadership values of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman

11 Outstanding Local Graduates awarded the Prestigious Pingat Tunku Award by Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman

9 December, 2020 – Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman presented the Pingat Tunku Awards to 11 excellent graduates from local public universities for the graduating year of 2017 and 2019 today. YB Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini binti Ahmad, Higher Education Minister and Chairperson of Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman, presented the awards through an online prize-giving ceremony to ensure compliance with the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in place. Commenting on the significance of the Award, YB Datuk Seri Dr. Noraini binti Ahmad shared:

“These 11 outstanding young leaders have not only demonstrated strong achievements in university, but also possess a deep conviction in serving the country. It is my hope that, with the Award and its recognition, they will honor the aspirations of the Late Tunku in uplifting Malaysia, especially during this period when Malaysan youths continue to be deeply affected by the pandemic.

The Pingat Tunku Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to students from local public universities who have achieved outstanding academic excellence at the Bachelor’s degree level, upheld the values of the late Yang Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman and demonstrated strong leadership qualities to serve the nation.

There are 3 categories of Award: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Awardees received cash prizes and access to grant money to run their own projects that support communities.The latter is a new addition to the award as the Foundation strives to develop the leadership of our Awardees more meaningfully. As Ambassadors of the Foundation, the winners shall honour the spirit of Tunku Abdul Rahman in fostering unity and advancing Malaysian society. The winners will also have the opportunity to mentor current Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholars and deserving secondary school youths under Closing The Gap, a tertiary education access programme.

Datin Sri Sharifah Menyalara Hussein, Tunku’s granddaughter, sits on the Foundation’s Board and was a key assessor in the Tunku Award selection process. She commented:

“As custodians of my grandfather’s noble aspirations for the nation, we look out for graduates who are prepared to live up to his values as a lifelong commitment. The ideal Tunku Award recipient is one who is thoughtful in mind, articulate in speech and convicted at heart to use their stories and skills to create positive changes in Malaysia. It has been an absolute privilege to get to know the inspiring stories and motivations of our Pingat Tunku Awardees. I have no doubt that they will continue to embody Tunku’s spirits in whichever vocation they choose to pursue henceforth.”

Aswinkumar, who received the 2019 Gold Pingat Tunku Award, hails from a single-parent family and graduated as the Best Medicine student of his batch in National Defence University of Malaysia. He shared:

“I am a big believer in giving back to the community as my success would not have been possible without the support of many people in my life.”

In the long term, he hopes to specialize in cardiology and serve in public healthcare as his life vocation.

The full recipient list is as follows:



Fatin Nursa’adah binti Azman
(Law, International Islamic University Malaysia)

Dr. Aswinkumar A/L Gunasekaran
(Medicine, National Defence University of Malaysia)


Lau Win Yei
(Quantity Surveying, University of Malaya)

Dr. Abdul Kadir Shah
(Medicine, University of Malaya)


Mohamad Affan bin Mohamad Nassruddin
(Social Science, National Defence University of Malaysia)



Choo Wen Chun
(Law, National University of Malaysia)


Muhammad Nor bin Abdul Rashid
(Mechanical Engineering, University of Malaya)

Keeran A/L Anamalai
(Mechanical Engineering, University Malaysia Pahang)


Elyssa Heinzie Anak Josin
(Early Education, University Pendidikan Sultan Idris)

Paul Chen
(Civil Engineering, University of Malaya)

Dr. Siti Aisyah binti Mohd Ramli
(Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia)


In the spirit of Tunku, we focus on honing the potential of the future leaders of Malaysia, regardless of colour or creed.