Norman Abdul Halim, CEO of KRU Studios was among the three artist who received the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) award which carries the title ‘Datuk’ along with Ziela Jalil, Managing Director of Pena Creative Pictures Sdn Bhd and Hans Isaac, Managing Director of Tall Order Productions Sdn Bhd.
Norman said he is humbled by the title and thanked His Royal Highness Sultan of Pahang for the meaningful award, “Menjunjung setinggi-tinggi kasih ke bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Sultan Pahang atas kurnia darjah yang begitu bermakna bagi patik sekeluarga.”
“The award was also a recognition for me to do better for the development of the local creative industry,” added Norman via Bernama.
Besides producing a number of successful local feature films, KRU Studios’ action adventure feature film titled ‘The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines’ was licensed to more than 70 countries, making it the most widely sold Malaysian film globally. Additionally, its 3D animation film ‘Ribbit’ has won the ‘Best Family Film’ Award at Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) 2014 in Canada.
The three artist were among 254 recipients of Pahang state awards and medals, in conjunction with Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang’s birthday celebration yesterday.
From left: Datuk Hans Isaac; Datuk Ziela Jalil; Datuk Azmi Akop; and Datuk Norman Abdul Halim. Photo by Luqman Hakim Zubir