MALAYSIA

Ahli Mangku Negara (A.M.N.) (Member of the Order of the Defender of the Realm)

The Ahli Mangku Negara is a fifth rank award of the Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negara. It is conferred for extraordinary and meritorious service. The Ahli Mangku Negara is also conferred on those who have carried out their duties beyond the normal limits. Under certain circumstances, the award can be conferred on civil servants who belong to the Administrative and Professional Group and those in Grade 2 and 3. In an extraordinary situation, support officers can also be considered. There is no limit to the number to be awarded this honour.

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hird ROPER MC     Haileybury Colvin 1933.3 - 1938.2

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Henry Nicholas RIDLEY CMG Haileybury Bartle Frere 1868.2 - 1872.3 

Awarded a special Gold medal for founding the cultivated rubber industry in Malaya. Sir Henry Nicholas Ridley C.M.G. (1911), M.A. (Oxon), F.R.S., F.L.S., F.R.H.S. (b. 10 December 1855, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, England - d. 24 October 1956, Kew, Surrey, England). A botanist, geologist and the first Scientific Director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens from 1888 to 1911, and the one who spent many years promoting rubber as a commercial product. His research led to his important discovery in 1895, a means of tapping which did not seriously damage the rubber trees. With this advanced method, plantations thrived, and rubber became the most important enterprise in the Straits Settlements. His advocacy for the crop, plus a sharp increase in demand as the auto industry developed, rubber was the key to the twentieth century prosperity of Malaya and Singapore. Malaya was the world's number one rubber producer for many years. In the world encyclopedias, Ridley, Henry Nicholas is known as 'the English botanist who was largely responsible for establishing the rubber industry in the Malay Peninsula'. Ridley is also known as the "father" of the rubber industry, and his invented 'tapping technique' is still being used all around the region where rubber plantations exist. Ridley retired from Singapore in 1911 and spent the rest of his life back in England. He died on 24 October, 1956, just a few months before his 101st birthday. Ridley Park is named after him.

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Pingat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (Selangor Distinguished Service Medal)

 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Lancelot Alban SEARLE CPM             Imperial Service College 1929.3- 1933.1

Son of C. F. Searle (Le Bas 1896.2). He was born 25 February 1915, Jesus College Cambridge BA (Hons. Law) MA half Blue Boxing Assistant Inspector of Police, Colonial Police Hong Kong 1936. Interned during Japanese Occupation. Transferred to Malayan Police 1953 Head of Special Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Colonial Police Medal 1954, Selangor Distinguished Service Medal (posthumous). He was killed in ambush 20 April 1954 by the Communist insurgents.

 

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