The recipient was Hon. Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, wife of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Mahathir Mohammad, and Patron of the Badminton Association of Malaysia. She was honoured for her contribution to environmental protection in connection with sport and Olympism. She has helped establish a Badminton Foundation and a Badminton Academy, as well as the construction of 1,000 badminton courts throughout the country.