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27-11-2002, 07:39 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2002

<FONT SIZE="+1">Selangor Sultan withdraws duo’s Datukship</FONT>
Update from The Star News Desk

SHAH ALAM: Selangor’s Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has withdrawn the Datukships of Dato’ Tan Hock Low from Kuala Langat and Dato’ Robert Chan Wai Ing from Kuala Lumpur.

State Secretary Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof said on Wednesday (Nov 27) that the Sultan had signed a letter on the withdrawal of the Darjah Kebesaran Dato’ Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (DSSA) award, which Tan received in 1999 and Chan in 2001.

“The decision was made after the Sultan received complaints from the public and investigations carried by the police revealed that Tan and Chan were involved in improper conduct, not in accordance with the title that was bestowed on them,’’ he added.

Tan and Chan have been asked to return the titles to the State Secretary.


27-11-2002, 09:07 PM
Nov 27, 6:52pm

<FONT SIZE="+1">Selangor Govt strips two Datuks of titles, settles Aida Melly's case</FONT>
Azura Abas

SHAH ALAM, Nov 27: State Secretary Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said Sultan Sharafuddin and the Dewan di-Raja decided to strip the two (businessmen Tan Hok Low and Robert Chan Wai Ing) off the Dato' Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz (DSSA) title for alleged misconduct.

Tan received the DSSA in 1999, while Chan received his last year.

The decision was made on Nov 5 after the Sultan received reports from the people and had studied the police investigation reports into the duo's involvement in activities that may tarnish the image of the title bestowed on them.

The Sultan has signed the letter informing them of the decision to strip their datukship titles, and they have to return their medals to the State Secretary, he said.

In warning recipients of State titles not to abuse the recognition given to them, Aziz said Sultan Sharafuddin had declared he would not hesitate to strip individuals of their titles as provided for under Article 39 of the State Constitution 1959, if they were guilty.

He said the Sultan also voiced his concern over the wide use of State emblems on personal vehicles without consent.

The indiscriminate use of the emblem had confused authorities, especially the police and the Road Transport Department, and the Sultan would only allow those on a special list to affix and display such emblems.

The list comprises the Sultan, the Raja Muda, Anak-Anak Raja Bergelar, members of the Selangor Dewan di-Raja, Orang-Orang Besar Daerah and State Assemblymen.

Putting an emblem on personal vehicles without consent is against the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Enactment 1962, which carries a maximum RM1,000 fine, if found guilty, said Aziz.


01-12-2002, 09:03 AM
Hey! This man "voluntarily" returns his Datukship!
Ada gaya man!

Sunday, December 01, 2002

<FONT SIZE="+1">Community leader returns state honours</FONT>

KLANG: Kuala Langat local community leader Datuk Lim Van Kay has announced his decision to return all three Selangor state honours bestowed upon him by the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah between 1979 and 1999.

“I have written letters informing the Selangor Sultan, and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, of my decision.

“I have given my reasons for returning the honours but I will not reveal what they are,” he told a press conference yesterday.

Lim received the Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK) in 1979, Ahli Mahkota Selangor (AMS) in 1995 and the Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (DSSA), which carried the title Datuk, in 1999.

Lim, 65, is known among the Chinese community in Kuala Langat for his contributions to politics, his work with associations, and his efforts to raise funds for temples, besides promoting education.

He said he had submitted a letter to the state secretariat in Shah Alam, informing them of his intention to return the state awards on Nov 25.

Several days later, he asked his company manager to return the medals to the state secretariat.

“At first, representatives from the state secretariat refused to accept the medals. But they called a few days later to ask me for the medals, which I again asked my manager to deliver to the state secretariat,” Lim said.

He claimed that a representative from the state secretariat then gave his manager a letter acknowledging acceptance of the returned medals.

Lim said he wanted to thank all those who had supported him in his community work and that he was still the same man with or without the “Datuk” title.


01-12-2002, 09:07 AM
Ahad, 1 Disember, 2002

<font size="+1">BILA TERLALU RAMAI DATUK</font>

...Hari ini terdapat begitu ramai Datuk di negara kita. Bintang kebesaran yang membawa gelaran ini dianugerahkan pada tiap-tiap tahun oleh setiap negeri termasuk Kerajaan Persekutuan. Maka bilangannya bertambah dengan begitu cepat.

Dulu-dulu, bukan mudah bagi seseorang untuk menjadi Datuk. Lazimnya, penerima sudah meningkat usia kerana bukan mudah hendak berjasa dan menyumbang kepada negara dan erti kata yang sebenar. Hari ini, pemuda berusia 30-an yang tidak dikenali umum pun sudah didapati layak menjadi Datuk.

Awang sering bertanya apa yang telah mereka sumbang kepada negara dan bangsa pada usia yang begitu muda - masih mentah, sebenarnya.

Kalaupun mereka menyumbang, besar sangatkah sumbangan itu sehingga melayakkan mereka menjadi Datuk?

Awang menyentuh perkara ini dengan harapan kita dapat memikirkan semula kaedah pengurniaan bintang kebesaran dan pingat-pingat lain supaya nilainya tidak luntur dan ia benar-benar dihargai.


01-12-2002, 10:07 AM
Sunday, December 01, 2002

On the Beat:
Duty and decorum come with honorific titles
By Wong Chun Wai

THE decision by the Sultan of Selangor to strip two businessmen of their Datukship for improper conduct deserves our applause. His Highness is certainly sensitive to the sentiments of the people. For far too long, the people have questioned how certain individuals could be awarded these honourable titles in light of their questionable conduct in public.

...But over the years, many Malaysians have felt that the Conference of Rulers should give greater thought to the awarding of these titles to protect their prestige.

...While the Sultan of Selangor did not address the position of JPs, many Malaysians have questioned the basis of awarding this title, which is recognised in all Commonwealth countries.

The JPs, who have the authority of second-class magistrates, are expected to be noble people with some standing – and education – in the community.

Age and financial standing alone should no longer be the main criteria. We expect our JPs to have a sound education, preferably a university degree, so they can perform their duties effectively.

The Sultan of Selangor may be the newest ruler but he has shown he is responsive to the people’s feelings.


02-12-2002, 01:08 PM
IF all dedicated and true-to-definition Datuks and Tan Seris, (accepting that they had done a really wonderful job and had sacrificed their lives for the good and betterment of the community and nation) all agree to voluntarily SURRENDER their medals and awards back to those who had bestowed them, what the result might be? What would be the scenario? Will the economics of demand and supply come into play? Or rather will the law of supply push fails?

Interesting thought.

02-12-2002, 03:34 PM
I cannot help but to agree with Awang Sulung on the number of datuks&datos in M'sia. Where this once use to be a title earned...I have heard umpteen whispers on the datuk & dato ship that has a commercial value tagged to it...No and this sale is not from the royal house of Mindanao ;-) either.

if the M'sian roylaties and Govt were to run a check of datuk & dato against the list of past and present felons, fugitives, dubious characters, unmentionables, i would not bet my last ringgit that the numbers would run in the hundreds!

When man has too much material things they so seek the respect and with money, they think they can buy respect...

I'm a datuk to 3 grandchildren...this title i hold very dear to heart...and the respect i get also came from the heart.

'atok Tupai

02-12-2002, 05:13 PM
Dear Tupai,
Funny that I have to communicate with you in the open like this. I cannot agree more with your views as well as your 'message'. It's like getting a tiny splash of hot cooking oil on my forehead:)

07-12-2002, 07:04 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2002

<font size="+1">Fewer Datukships for Selangor</font>
Annie Freed Cruez

SHAH ALAM, Dec 6: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor will only award 40 people with the title, “Datuk’’, in his birthday honours list next year to ensure that it goes to those who deserve it.

He has also decided to limit the Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS) and Seri Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (SSSA) awards (besides the Darjah Kerabat) which carry the title "Datuk Seri" to two people every year.

There is currently no limit to the number of people who can be made "Datuk" or "Datuk Seri" by the Sultan of Selangor.

The two awards that carry the title "Datuk" are the Dato' Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) and Dato' Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (DSSA).

In an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times, the Sultan said candidates nominated for Datukships would undergo a thorough screening.

"All nominees will be vetted thoroughly by the State Government, the police and the palace," he said, adding that the final say on who should be conferred the award would be decided by the Dewan di-Raja or the Royal Council.

Sultan Sharafuddin, who heads the council, said the stringent checks were to ensure that those who received the awards had no criminal record and no bad record in society and had a good track record of service to the community.

"I am recommending these stringent checks as I do not personally know the people nominated for Datukships. They are normally nominated by the State Government, political parties, business sector and some by the palace.

"There are even some Datuks who recommend their circle of friends for the title," he said.

He said the person who had recommended somone for the title would be taken to task if there were complaints against a Datuk.

He did not state the form of action to be taken against the person making the recommendation.

On the candidates to be conferred Datukships in conjunction with his birthday on Dec 11, Sultan Sharafuddin said they were being vetted.

"The list was handed to the palace in October. They are being thoroughly screened by the 20-odd members in the Royal Council together with the police and State Government," he added.

Asked if the list was being trimmed, the Sultan said: "There is a long list for this year. Efforts are being made to trim it down." On Nov 27, the Sultan revoked the Datukship of businessmen Tan Hok Low and Robert Chan Wai Ing after they were found to have abused their positions.

He had warned all State titleholders that he would not hesitate to revoke titles if they were found to have abused their positions for personal gain.

He reiterated that the revocation would serve as a lesson to others not to take the title for granted or abuse it when they should be serving the people.

"I have received a few more complaints against some Datuks. I will carry out a thorough check on whether the allegations are true before deciding whether to revoke the titles," he added.

Asked whether he intended to revoke the Datukships of those who had been convicted, the Ruler said: "The matter has been brought to the attention of the Royal Council. I have to hear what they have to say." Sultan Sharafuddin also stressed that there was no such thing as "buying of awards" in Selangor.

"No way. State awards cannot be bought. By doing so, the meaning of getting the award is destroyed. People must appreciate the award which is given for good deeds and work." Candidates from the business sector and political parties such as Umno, MCA, MIC, and Gerakan should deserve the title and not be nominated to fill a quota," he said.

As for the other State awards — Setia Mahkota Selangor (SMS), Setia Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (SSA), Ahli Mahkota Selangor (AMS) Pingat Pekerti Terpilih (PPT), Pingkat Jasa Kebaktian (PJK), Pingkat Keberanian Terpilah (PKT), Pingkat Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (PPC) and Pingkat Perkhidmatan Selangar (PPS) — he said there would be no limit on the number of people conferred.

"The only criteria is that the nominees should deserve it so that they will appreciate it," he added.

As for the Justice of the Peace award, Sultan Sharafuddin said he would not be conferring this on anyone this year as he wanted recipients to appreciate the title.

"JP recipients are more like thirdclass magistrates and they have an important role to play in society and State. I want them to fully understand the meaning of being a JP." He said the palace would be organising a seminar for JP recipients to help them understand their responsibilities.


15-12-2002, 08:57 AM
Sunday, December 15, 2002

Personal royal interest in awards list

By Wong Chun Wai

...The action of the Sultan has even attracted the attention of the Singapore Straits Times which reported “when the ruler of Selangor voiced his disquiet recently over the quality and quantity of Datuks, he was speaking on behalf of many Malaysians” as many Malaysians had made “snide remarks that the titles could be bought.”

Earlier, Mingguan Malaysia, in its editorial, had questioned how unknowns, in their 30s, were made Datuks and what these people could have achieved at such a young age.

Last week, the Malay Mail provided the breakdown of Datukships conferred – the figures for Kelantan and Sabah are for 2002, and the rest for 2001:

- Johor (1),
- Kedah (40),
- Kelantan (25),
- Negri Sembilan (55),
- Pahang (105),
- Perak (60),
- Perlis (20),
- Selangor (90),
- Terengganu (20),
- Malacca (60),
- Penang (59),
- Sabah (55),
- Sarawak (12) and
- Federal Government (43)


15-12-2002, 09:41 AM
Sunday, December 15, 2002

<font size="+1">The badge needs polishing</font>
Shamsul Akmar

Many datuks have not done justice to their titles. While these awards have been around as long as the Malay sultanates, they are fast losing their lustre as a badge of honour, writes SHAMSUL AKMAR.

...An aide to a top national leader pointed out that some rulers do make efforts to ensure the persons recommended are deserving of the title.

"Kedah is one State where the Ruler makes it difficult for just about anyone to get a datukship.

"Recommendations from the State leader are vetted thoroughly and recipients need not necessarily be someone merely from the ruling party.

"Take the case of the late Pas president Datuk Fadzil Noor. He was recommended by then Kedah Menteri Besar Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and the Sultan agreed he deserved it."

Another Umno insider said the worst was when Malay rulers accepted recommendations purely along party lines.

"Prior to Pas taking over Terengganu, very rarely did someone from the party receive the datukship. It had always been candidates from Umno. However, after the 1999 general election, suddenly, the Sultan awarded datukships to Pas leaders."

All these obviously have diluted the respectability of the title. It has also become a commodity to bargain for political affiliation, as a reward for political support.

The aide, however, said that in States with Malay Rulers as the head, there was a system of checks and counter-checks between the Menteris Besar and the Sultan.

...He also revealed that some rulers used the power to confer the datukship as a "business venture".

"It is an open secret that certain rulers award datukships to business partners or those who help them secure juicy business deals."

Another lawyer-cum-politician datuk who got his award from Selangor has been promising to table a motion at his divisional meeting that the award by the States be scrapped, and left to the King at the Federal level.

"By doing that, we will not have so many datuks that they may one day overrun the enciks."

His vitriolic remark is not too farfetched. On average, 600 datukships are awarded every year.

...It is about time. The awards process has been abused and the titles of today are no better than those of the feudal era.

The nation has gone through several stages of doing away with the feudalism attached to the royal households. The datukship seems to be one of the last vestiges.


03-01-2003, 09:43 AM
Friday, January 03, 2003

<FONT SIZE="+1">Trader, stripped of datukship, shot dead</FONT>

KUALA LUMPUR: Businessman Tan Hock Low who was recently stripped of his datukship by the Sultan of Selangor was gunned down mafia style at a well-known restaurant in Jalan Imbi last night.

Sources said Tan, 38, from Banting, Selangor was shot four times by one of two gunmen at 10.15pm while dining with three other people.

One of them, said to be his bodyguard, was also shot and wounded by the gunmen. Tan was pronounced dead upon arrival at Gleneagles Medical Centre in Ampang.

City chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Dell Akhbar Khan confirmed the shooting of a businessman who had been recently stripped of his title.

...Tan was involved in the transportation, mining and sand businesses.

It was reported on Nov 28 that Tan was stripped of his datukship for “improper conduct not befitting the title conferred on him.”


04-01-2003, 08:49 AM
Saturday, January 4, 2003

Revenge and jealousy motive for murder

...Tan (Hock Low), a businessman, was awarded the Datuk title in 1999 by the late Selangor Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, but it was revoked by Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on Nov 27 last year.

According to the source, Tan lost his title because he pointed a pistol at a motorcyclist and was also involved in illegal gambling.

Besides, Tan was held under the 1969 Emergency Ordinance for being involved in secret society activities.

He was the director of Syarikat Milion Tech Sdn. Bhd.