KUANTAN: Following recent news of “Datuks” being involved in a spate of crimes, the list of potential recipients for Pahang titles in conjunction with the Sultan of Pahang’s 74th birthday on Oct 24 have been handed over to the police for vetting.
The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar, has directed his office to send the list to the police to weed out those who were “unsuitable” for the conferment of titles.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the Sultan’s action was in response to recent criminal cases involving “Datuks” who had received their titles from the state.
A man, who was exiled to the Simpang Renggam detention centre for illegal activities, was stripped of his Datukship by the Sultan recently.
“We are very careful when we hand out these titles. However, many of these crimes are only committed after these people get their titles.
“We make checks on their records before their names are included in the list, even though the names are recommended by heads of government departments and agencies and those in the private sector,” Adnan told a press conference after launching the Taman Tunas Mahkota low- and medium-cost housing project along the 11th Mile Jalan Gambang-Kuantan near here yesterday.
He was asked to comment on the recent detention of a “Datuk Seri” and four others for the murder of a 14-year-old teenager in Kuala Lumpur.
The man is said to have received his title from the Sultan of Pahang on Oct 25, last year.
It is understood that a recent criminal breach of trust case also involved two “Datuks” who were conferred titles by Pahang.
Adnan stressed that those who were given Datukship, irrespective of which state they received the titles from, should carry themselves befitting the prestige it gave them in society.
“Don’t use the titles as a passport to dabble in shady activities or to intimidate people. They should be aware of the unwritten code of ethics that titled personalities should adhere to,” he said.
Adnan said the Sultan of Pahang was a very generous and appreciative Ruler, who conferred the titles mainly to those who contributed good deeds to the nation.
The titles were also awarded to those in the sports and entertainment arena, besides those in the Government and private sector.
“Don’t take the Sultan’s generosity for granted. His Royal Highness is not above stripping the titles off anyone if he gets wind of their shady dealings,” Adnan said.
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