‘Agent wanted to use ruler’s in­flu­ence’

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: The agent who ap­proached and of­fered Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar RM2 mil­lion to ob­tain rec­om­men­da­tions for “Tan Sri” ti­tles was at­tempt­ing to use the ruler’s in­flu­ence to go about his il­le­gal en­deav­ours.

A source told the New Straits Times that the in­di­vid­ual sought a rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter from the ruler so that he could for­ward names of can­di­dates to the chief sec­re­tary to the gov­ern­ment for them to ob­tain the Dar­jah Pan­glima Mangku Ne­gara (PMN), which car­ries the ti­tle “Tan Sri”.

It is learnt that the agent, who holds a string of hon­orific ti­tles, in­clud­ing “Tan Sri” and “Datuk”, had first ap­proached the ruler two years ago.

De­spite be­ing shown the door the first time, the agent was per­sis­tent and met the sul­tan again re­cently.

“After the re­cent au­di­ence was granted to this agent, the sul­tan ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure.

“In a way, the sul­tan felt insulted that he was of­fered such a large amount of money to rec­om­mend names to the chief sec­re­tary to the gov­ern­ment to is­sue ‘Tan Sri’ ti­tles,” the source said.

“The agent had made a claim that ev­ery ruler of ev­ery state could rec­om­mend two names to re­ceive the award.”

The NST learnt that the same agent has ap­proached the royal house­holds of at least two other states.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view pub­lished by Me­dia Prima Bhd on March 22, Sul­tan Ibrahim had said there were agents who ap­proached him be­liev­ing that the ruler had “Tan Sri” quo­tas for sale.

One of the agents of­fered the ruler RM2 mil­lion to sug­gest names to the chief sec­re­tary to the gov­ern­ment so that they could re­ceive “Tan Sri” ti­tles from the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong.

After mak­ing the ex­pose, Sul­tan Ibrahim said he was will­ing to re­veal in­for­ma­tion to the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) re­gard­ing the mat­ter.

Two days after the ex­pose, MACC deputy chief com­mis­sioner (op­er­a­tions) Datuk Azam Baki told a Malay daily that the com­mis­sion would gather in­for­ma­tion on the mat­ter.

Azam had de­scribed the agent’s ac­tion as a form of cor­rup­tion.

Datuk Azam Baki

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