PAPUA NEW GUINEA BUSINESSMAN HENRY CHOW KNIGHTED

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (January 3, 1999 – Post-Courier)---Longtime businessman Henry Chow is the sole Papua New Guinean knight in the Queen's New Year's Honors list.

Sir Henry, the head of a major group of companies primarily centered in Lae and Rabaul, was made a knight for his services to the community.

He already has an OBE, awarded to him at Independence in 1975.

The next most senior award given was a CMG -- Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George -- to veteran local government leader Walter Nombe of the Eastern Highlands, for services to the community and politics.

Police Commissioner John Wakon has had 1999 capped as an extraordinary year for him.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

During last year, he was stripped of his post as commander of police for the National Capital District under the former government, only to be elevated straight to the commissioner's chair under the new government.

To be made a Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) are:

Former Sergeant Benjamin MOIDE and Christopher Dale PRATT, for services to the community. Mr. Pratt is the head of the Steamships group of companies.

To be made an Ordinary Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):

Ms Theresa JAINTONG, for promoting peace and for services to education on Bougainville. She has been involved with women's groups and in local government circles in the province.

Lady Gimaralai KALO, for services to religion and women affairs.

To be made an Ordinary member of the Civil Division of the Empire (MBE):

Raphael Mary Gasmareng, Mrs. BENGO, for services to teaching. Doctor Lenga, Mrs. DOPENU, for services to health education. Matthew HIMSA, for services to the Papua New Guinea Correctional Services. Laiah KUMBUNDU, for services to church, community and the design of Papua New Guinea banknote. Steven Veleke OLI, for services to the judiciary and the community. Elly Bau SIKIN, for services to the prison service. Philip STAGG, for services to education, business and the community. Andrew Lawrence Kumun TAGAMASAU, for public service and services to forestry. Catherine Tai, Mrs. TORE, for government services. Ruth Caroline Hitahat, Mrs. TURIA, for public services and services to forestry. Raphael YIBMARAMBA, for public services and services to the Papua New Guinea Police Department.

To be made a Companion of the Imperial Services Order (ISO):

Doctor Marcus WOIBUN, for services to health and the community.

To be awarded the British Empire Medal, Civil Division, (BEM):

Ellie, Mrs. BANUM, for services to the community and teaching. Leragai BOSKI, for services to the community and teaching. Ms. Gidei GUPURI, for services to the community and health. Victor ISOUVE, for services to the Royal Papua New guinea Constabulary (CID). Ernest KILALANG, for services to the community and teaching and for public service. Kai KOIME, for services to the community. Enoch KUNACK, for services to the community and teaching. Joseph PAPALAPUN, for services to the community and teaching. Joseph SINDRA, for long and distinguished services to the community as a teacher. Pastor Peter Christopher SOLOMON, for services to religion and the community. Senior Constable Wilfred TABONGA, for services to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. Personal driver to the Commissioner of Police. Michael TIMPING, for service to teaching. Micah YAWING, for public service.

To be made an Ordinary Officer of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire (OBE):

Colonel Joseph Mark KEWA, for services to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force.

To be made a Member of the Military Division of the Order of the British Empire (MBE):

Major Daniel KOPANAH, for services to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force. Chief Warrant Officer Mitchell SEMING, for services to the Papua New Guinea Defense Force.

To be awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM):

Commissioner John Wakon, for distinguished service, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

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