Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Italian Honour For Datuk Wira SM Faisal

NAZA World Group of Companies, Group Executive Chairman, Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, has been awarded the title of “Grande Ufficiale”, bestowed upon him by the President of Italy.

The Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia (OSI) is the second highest award of OSI (second class of five), which is rarely conferred on foreign citizens and is the highest granted to those who receive an Italian award for the first time. The award was presented by the Italian Ambassador to Malaysia, His Excellency Mr. Mario Sammartino, during the Italian National day celebration dinner in Kuala Lumpur held at JW Marriott Hotel today.


The award is granted by the President of the Republic, at the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in consultation with the Bar Council. Chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the council is composed of four members, one of whom is the Head of Diplomatic Protocol of the Republic.


“I understand that The Order of the Star honours individuals who have distinguished themselves in the promotion of friendly relations with Italy. For that, I’d like to thank His Excellency Mr. Mario Sammartino and the Italian Government for honouring me with this award.” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal.

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NAZA World Group of Companies have brought in not only high end, luxury Italian branded vehicles but also introduced lifestyle elements which are associated with Ferrari, Maserati, Ducati, Aprilia and Vespa.


Datuk Wira SM Faisal who is also passionate about Italian fashion spearheads the sartorial brand ‘Spezzato’ in Malaysia.

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“This accolade is dedicated to my late father Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, the management and staff of NAZA. It is a collective effort and a testament to the quality of our products and services. It also reflects the strength and growth of the organisation,” Datuk Wira SM Faisal added.


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