H.H. Datu Cheong Ming Lam

Great Britain


Cheong Ming LAM Spanish coat of arms 2017

Coat of arms certified by the Chronicler of Arms for Castile and León in 2017.

Artist: Joseph Crews.


Cheong Ming Lam coat of arms Cheong Ming Lam coat of arms with supporters

Coat of arms, registered in Registro Araldico Italiano, 2009

Artist: Natalie Yegorova

Coat of arms with supporters, second crest, compartment, songkok, pavilion, and coronet (Granted by the Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, 2011).

Artist: Michael Y. Medvedev


Registered in The Chinese Armorial, December 8, 2011.

Arms (2009 and 2011): Argent two oak trees eradicated Or leaved and fruited Vert and in chief three mullets Azure.

Arms (2017): Azure, two trees proper, in three mullets agent; A steel helm in profile, trimmed or; Mantled azure and argent; A steel helm in profile, trimmed or; Mantled azure and argent; Surmounted by a Count's Coronet or with stones gules corresponding with the rank of a Datu of Sulu.

Crest (2009 arms): A lion rampant Or.

Crest (2011 arms): a lion Or armed and langued Gules grasping in his forepaws a pearl Argent ensigned with the Royal Crown of Sulu in its proper tinctures.

Crest (2017 arms): a lion rampant or holding a pearl argent between his front paws.

Motto (all coats of arms): NEC TIMEO VINCERE

Supporters (2011 arms): on a compartment of oak leaves Vert, two stags Or each holding in the mouth a kris Argent, its hilt in and upwards Or.

Supporters (2017 arms): two bucks proper, with antlers proper.

Grant (arms, supporters, second crest): HM Sultan Muda Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, Head of the Royal House of Sulu, September 26, 2011.

Private Registrations of Arms and First Crest:

Registro Araldico Italiano, registration no. 30, May 21, 2009.

Russian College of Heraldry, March 17, 2010.

United States Heraldic Registry, registration no. 20100407A, April 7, 2010.

International Heraldic Registry, registration no. UK2013L1973, October 8, 2013

Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marques de la Floresta, and Chronicler of Arms for Castile and León: certification, March 9, 2017.

Background and History:

H.H. Datu Cheong Ming Lam is a Security Specialist in the aviation industry. He gives advice to Airport Operators and related business, as well as members of the general public. He also has a wide range of knowledge in Airport Operations as he was previously in the Airline Industry as a Team Leader before joining the Aviation Security Sector in 2003. He has since worked & given advice to most of the Major Airports in the UK and to ensure Aviation Security Standards are met, He has been a huge contributor in projects to help tighten and improve Aviation Security at UK airports.

He is listed on the Marquis's Who Who's of the World in the 2012 Publication Edition. He has received the Professional Recognition City & Guild's Award in Management. He has a great interest in world history as well as natural history, so hence he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS) and is a Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and a Supporter of the London Chinese Community Centre.

He has always been interested in the rich history of London and in 2009 he became Freeman of the City of London. He is also a Former Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers & Juror of the Court Leet of the Guidable Manor of Southwark.

He has received recognition for the voluntary work and contribution to local charities and Communities from Charitable Organisations and Associations. He has also received global recognition when he was commissioned as an Honorary Aide-De-Camp or Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of Kentucky for his charitable services, locally, nationally, and globally. This has also lead to him being commissioned as an Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy awarded by the Governor of the State of Texas.

He was awarded the Platinum Award of the U.S. President's Challenge, which is the Highest Award of the President's Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. This was awarded due to his contributions in promoting health and fitness.

He was awarded the Royal Companion of the Pearl Collar of the Royal and Hashemite of the Order of the Pearl of Sulu and received the title of Hereditary Knight and of the Highest Rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Intare (Lion) of Rwanda awarded by HM King Kigeli V of Rwanda with the honorific style of His Excellency (H.E.) for his service and contribution to the people of Rwanda and to the King Kigeli V Foundation.

He is also a Companion of the Order of Malta and a Honorary Knight Commander of the Royal Order of Saint Michael of the Wing.

He was granted the title of Datu Sadja, the equivalent of a European count, from HM Ampun Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, the 35th Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, a subnational monarchy within the Philippines in 2011. Subsequently, he was adopted into the Royal House of Sulu and promoted to Royal Datu, and is styled His Highness.

On the coat of arms as granted by the Sultan, the shield is ensigned with a Songkok (cap) of the Royal Datu. The armorial achievement includes the royal robe of a Royal Datu which is Vert (green) and tied up with ribbons of the same, adorned at the edges with flames issuant Or (gold), and lined Argent (silver). The robe is ensigned with a coronet of a Royal Datu.

The decoration is of the Royal Companion of the Pearl Collar (RCPS), awarded by the Sultan, is suspended from the shield.

On March 9, 2017, Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marques de la Floresta, and Chronicler of Arms for Castile and León, a Spanish heraldic officer, certified a third coat of arms for Cheong Ming Lam. His third coat of arms has a shield with the same charges as his two earlier coats of arms but in different colours. The crest is also different from the previous two, since the lion now holds a pearl that does not have a crown atop it. Also, the supporters on the 2017 arms are different from those of the 2011 arms in that the two bucks or stags do not hold kris (daggers) in their mouths.

When the Spanish conquered parts of the south of the Philippines, the Spanish Crown officially recognised the Datus as a senior noble title, hence the 2017 coat of arms, certified in Castile and León, Spain, bears a Spanish count's coronet. 

His wife, H.H. Dayang Dayang Yoke Ching Lam, has her own personal coat of arms.

Personal Arms