Recognising Torchbearers of Tunku's Legacy
Since 1979, the Pingat Tunku Award has been awarded annually to outstanding local university graduates who demonstrate the leadership characteristics and noble values of our Father of Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
The selection of recipients for this award is based on the holistic characteristics of graduates who have demonstrated their ability to lead, inspire and mobilise change within their community and country.
In 2010, the award was expanded to consist of three categories including gold, silver and bronze. Since 2020, award recipients will receive a grant prize to organise a community project of their choice, encouraging the spirit of impactful service to shaping a better Malaysia.
Upholding Tunku's Legacy
Recipients of the Pingat Tunku Award have honoured the spirit of Tunku Abdul Rahman with their strong commitment to building a progressive, inclusive and united Malaysia.
The Pingat Tunku Award recipients have utilised the grant funding to empower communities through initiatives such as health outreach programmes, e-commerce platforms for single mothers and english literacy intervention programmes for low-income communities.
Beyond the community project, Pingat Tunku Award recipients have supported programmes by providing mentorship and guidance to Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship recipients and secondary school students under the Closing The Gap programme, a higher education access programme powered by the Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation.
Pingat Tunku Award Stories
Our Pingat Tunku Award recipients are trailblazers, who have ventured on the path less-travelled and changemakers, who seek to bring about a positive transformation in the community and the country. Watch their stories to learn more about them.
2017 Pingat Tunku Award, Gold
Alex Choo Wen Chun
National University of Malaysia
2019 Pingat Tunku Award, Gold
Dr Aswinkumar A/L Gunasekaran
National Defence University of Malaysia
2020 Pingat Tunku Award, Bronze
Siti Nurainin Nabillah binti Mohd Azman
University of Malaya
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