KUANTAN: The Pahang Palace has revoked the “Datuk” title from five individuals, including actors Farid Kamil Zahari and Noruliman A. Rahman, the latter also known as “Boy Iman”.
State Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, who is also the state Registrar of Awards, said the order was issued by the Sultan of Pahang Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, and the letters of withdrawal came into effect on Feb 1.
Local businessmen Wong Shee Kai @ Ricky and Syed Mohammad Faiz Syed Azemman, and Vietnamese businesswoman Tran Thi Mai @ Maimunah, were the other three individuals whose titles were revoked.
The withdrawal letters for Wong and Tran were also effective Feb 1, while Syed Mohammad Faiz’s letter was effective Nov 12,2020.
The five had previously been bestowed with the Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) award, which carries the title of “Datuk”.
“The nominees are not allowed to use any title previously bestowed and must return the award to the Pahang State Secretary’s Office, ” Sallehuddin said in a statement here yesterday.
No reason was given for the revocation of the titles but it was understood that all the individuals involved had been prosecuted in court for various offences.
Wong, the founder of a company, is also listed as a wanted person in connection with offences under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
On Aug 18,2019, the Pahang state government announced several reforms to the awarding of medals and state degrees, one of which stated that an immediate investigation should be made into awardees suspected of being associated with misconduct, dishonesty, or lack of integrity. — Bernama