PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan Palace has revoked the datukship awarded to Baling MP Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
State secretary Datuk Nazran Muhammad confirmed that the Palace had revoked the datukship effective April 2.
"We informed the former Tabung Haji chairman (Abdul Aziz) on the same day the letter was issued.
"We have requested for the award to be returned immediately to the Palace," he said.
In the letter dated April 2, Abdul Aziz was barred from using the "Datuk" title, and any entitlements associated with it.
Azeez was conferred the Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Life of the Crown of Kelantan (SJMK) that carries the title Datuk in 2016.
The State Secretariat did not provide reasons for the revocation.
Azeez still retains datukship titles awarded by the Sultans of Kedah and Pahang.
Pahang had also conferred him the Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah (SSAP) that carries the title "Datuk Seri".
He also maintained the Grand Commander of the Order of the Kinabalu (SPDK) title from Sabah that carries the title "Datuk Seri Panglima".
Tabung Haji had on Nov 30 last year lodged a police report against Azeez and other senior managers for allegedly misusing RM22mil from a charitable fund for politically-linked activities.
Azeez is facing 12 counts of graft and money laundering involving RM144.6mil.