Danish Consul Awarded First Class Knight’s Cross

Lee Kim-Poh, who is the honorary vice-consul of the Royal Danish Consulate in Penang, received on Friday 14th March 2008 the First Class of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog. 
Lee was already in 1997 bestowed the Second Class of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog.
The First Class Order was presented to Lee Kim-Poh by the Danish Ambassador to Malaysia Borge Petersen on behalf of the Queen of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II at a reception at the Penang Club.
Lee Kim-Pooh was the consular secretary from 1981 to 1985 in charge of the consulate on behalf of then Danish consul, the late Tan Sri Borge Bek-Nielsen, who was based in Teluk Intan as the United Plantation Bhd chief executive officer.
In 1986, Lee was appointed honorary Danish vice-consul on the advice of Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, who was the Chief Minister at that time. When Bek-Nielsen died in 2005, the Royal Danish Consulate in Penang was left under Lee’s sole charge. 
“I am very grateful to Her Majesty (the Queen of Denmark) for her recognition of my many years of service to Denmark,” Lee Kim-Poh said in an interview with The Star Online at Penang Club where the presentation ceremony took place. 
Lee, 69, now carries the title ‘Ridder’ (knight) that is represented by the letter ‘R’, used as a suffix after his name.
Witnessing the ceremony was Seri Delima assemblyman R. S. N. Rayer, who represented Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. Members of the consular, Danish, trade and business communities in the state were among those present.
The Order of the Dannebrog is believed to have been instituted by King Valdemar II in 1219 and was renewed by King Christian V in 1671 before being ratified by the Danish Statutes in 1952.  It comprises the Grand Commander’s Cross, Grand Cross, Commander’s Cross (two classes), Knight’s Cross (two classes) and Cross of Honour.

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