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Dr M just leveled up!
2018 has been Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's year: in May, he led Pakatan Harapan to an inspiring win in the 14th General Elections and shortly after, he was named Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time.
The Guiness Book of Records then etched the 93-year-old's name into its record books for being the oldest current Prime Minister
And now, Dr M can add another feather to his cap.
A very big and very prestigious feather at that, actually.
On Tuesday, Dr M was conferred the ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers
’ order in Japan.
According to The New Straits Times
, the order was bestowed upon Dr M Emperor Akihito of Japan at the Imperial Palace.
The order was awarded to our Prime Minister for "his huge contributions in strengthening bilateral ties", the daily reported.
Dr M became only the third leader in Asia conferred the prestigious award, after former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and the late Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Established in 1888 during the Meiji Restoration, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is the highest order to be conferred upon foreign statesmen for their contribution to the region.
The order is second only to the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, an order that is awarded exclusively to Japanese citizens.
Unlike our Datukship or Tan Sri-ship, the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is a very exclusive club: only 24 individuals have been decorated with the order since 2003 - and Dr M is one of them!
Way to go lah