ALOR SETAR - A police commando killed in a gunbattle with armed Sulu intruders in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, in March will receive a posthumous degree at the Universiti Utara Malaysia's 26th convocation here later this month.
Asst Supt Zulkifli Mamat (pic), 46, who died on March 1, had finished his bachelor's degree in communication before he was deployed to Sabah.
The commando's widow, Noraziah Nor, 28, is expected to receive the scroll during the four-day convocation at the university's Dewan Muadzam Shah in Sintok, near here, that starts on Nov 30.
A total of 7,445 graduates would receive their scrolls, UUM vice-chancellor Datuk Prof Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak Zulkifli said at a press conference here yesterday.
He said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, who is UUM Chancellor, had also consented to award former Chief Justice and UUM pro-chancellor Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim an honorary doctorate in law.
Dr Mohamed Mustafa added that there would be 420 international graduates from 22 countries.
Also receiving their Bachelor's degrees would be two deputy ministers, several MPs and 13 artistes.
"The two deputy ministers are Datuk Hamim Sanuri (International Trade and Industry) and Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government), who graduated with a bachelor's degree in public administration," he said.
The university would hold a convocation fiesta from Nov 27 to Dec 3 and a roundtable discussion on Nov 29 on the role of ASEAN universities in forging Islamic business studies.