SHAH ALAM: Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has suspended former mentri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo’s “Datuk Seri” title; it was not temporarily returned to the palace, state secretary Datuk Khusrin Munawi clarified.
Mohd Khusrin said in a statement that Dr Mohd Khir’s “Datuk Seri” title was suspended by the Sultan pending the outcome of his graft trial.
He said the Sultan made the decision after conferring with the Royal Council that met on Jan 11.
Mohd Khusrin refuted Dr Mohd Khir’s claim that he had temporarily returned the title to the palace pending his trial.
The title will be permanently revoked if Dr Mohd Khir is found guilty but it will be returned if it is proven otherwise, he added.
Dr Mohd Khir received the “Datuk Seri” title from the Sultan in 2001.
The Sungai Panjang assemblyman said on Wednesday he had written to the palace to temporarily return the title pending his graft trial.
Dr Mohd Khir said he decided to do this because it was the right thing to do as the policy for title-holders to surrender their titles, if charged in court, was made during his tenure as mentri besar.
Dr Mohd Khir, 45, was charged on Dec 6 at the Sessions Court with accepting two plots of land in Section 7 here for RM3.5mil when the said lots were bought by Ditamas Sdn Bhd managing director Shamsuddin Haryoni for RM6.5mil.
Shamsuddin, 52, was also charged with abetment in the deal on the property on May 29, 2007.
Mohd Khusrin also said Shamsuddin’s “Datuk” title, which was awarded in 2002, had also been suspended pending the trial.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohd Khir rebuked Mohd Khusrin in his blog for saying the suspension of the title was ordered by the Sultan and not temporarily returned as claimed.
“I readily accept the suspension as I wrote to the Sultan’s private secretary (Datuk Munir Bani) in December expressing my intent to temporarily return the title till my case is over,” said Dr Mohd Khir.
“I was only informed that the Sultan and the Royal Council had suspended my title and I assumed that this must be due to my letter.”
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