Sweden’s Honorary Consul James Wong Tsun Hyun in Kota Kinabalu on Borneo, Malaysia, has been rewarded with The Order of the Polar Star from the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf.
Sweden’s Ambassador Bengt G. Carlsson timely presented the Order during the dinner in the Honour of Alfred Nobel, held in Kuala Lumpur on 10 December.
The Honorary Consul had not been able to receive it directly from Swedish King in Stockholm earlier this year.
The Order of the Polar Star is awarded for civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions.
It is often awarded to foreign office holders (such as Prime and Senior Ministers) during Swedish state visits. Its motto is, as seen on the blue enamelled centre of the badge, Nescit Occasum, a Latin phrase meaning “It knows no decline”. This is to represent that Sweden is as constant as a never setting star.