UPHOLDING THE PRESTIGE OF THE ORDER OF TIMOR-LESTE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC SUGGESTS NEW DECORATION
Singapore, 15 April 2019
The Chief of the Civil House, Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos, on behalf of the Presidency of the Republic, discussed with company Eng Leong Medallic Industries (ELM), represented by its assistant general manager Gerard Leong, the idea of manufacturing two new medals, namely the Medal for Distinguished Services and the Public Service Medal of Merit. The discussion was held during a meeting on 15 April at the headquarters of the said company at 57 Medal House, Yishun Industrial Park A, Singapore.
According to the Chief of the Civil House, these new medals are to be awarded to individuals or organisations for outstanding service in support of national development, but who cannot be awarded the Order of Timor-Leste as they do not fulfill the criteria.
‘The Order of Timor-Leste is the country’s highest honour, which is why we should uphold its prestige and high status to ensure that it is only awarded to those who truly deserve it. Those who cannot be awarded the Order of Timor-Leste are eligible to be awarded a different type of award,’ the Chief of the Civil House explained.
The Medal for Distinguished Services is awarded by the President of the Republic to both national and foreign citizens for outstanding service and commitment to the Presidency of the Republic. It can also be awarded to national or foreign institutions for their contribution to the country.
The Public Service Medal of Merit is awarded to permanent public servants in recognition of their dedication to the country. This medal can only be awarded to civil servants who have never been subjected to disciplinary or criminal sanctions and who have never been rated “unsatisfactory” or equivalent in any of their performance evaluations.
The ‘Order of Timor-Leste’ is the highest honour awarded by Timor-Leste and was established by Decree Law no. 20/2009 of 24 April by the then President of the Republic José Ramos-Horta to express Timor-Leste’s recognition for those who have significantly contributed to the benefit of the country or humanity.
This award consists of four ranks: the Grand Collar (awarded to head of State only), the Collar, the Medal and the Insignia.
Also in the meeting with Eng Leong Medallic Industries (ELM), the Chief of the Civil House signed a public contract for the supply of Order of Timor-Leste medals, namely 14 for the rank of Collar and 30 for the rank of Medal.
These medals will be awarded to recipients on national days, such as 20 May, 30 August and 28 November, among others.
The Presidency of the Republic has been working with ELM since the Order of Timor-Leste was established in 2009. It is a renowned company in Singapore which was established in 1968 and provides services to more than 30 countries, including Timor-Leste. END