SHAH ALAM: Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has suspended Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy's Datuk title, pending the outcome of the former transport minister's trial in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) case.
The Selangor palace also revoked the Datukship of Ekran Bhd's former executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Ting Pek Khiing, who was declared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department in Oct 29 last year.
State secretary Datuk Khusrin Munawi said in a statement Sunday that the charges against Chan were serious as it entailed the country and public interest.
The title will be permanently revoked if Chan is found guilty but will be returned if it is proven otherwise, he added.
Chan received the Datuk title from the Sultan in 2003.
In Feb 28, Chan claimed trial to three counts of cheating over the PKFZ scandal.
He was the second VVIP charged over the scandal-ridden project after his predecessor Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik was charged on July 29, 2010 with cheating over the same project.
Meanwhile, the Sultan decided to revoke Dr Ting's Datuk title, which was awarded in 1996, in view that it was not suitable for a person declared bankrupt to carry the title.
The revocation of title is effective from March 24.