Ke­lan­tan palace riled by fake Datuk­ships

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By SIRA HABIBU sira@thes­tar.com.my

KOTA BARU: Two re­cent cases in­volv­ing fake Datuk­ships in Ke­lan­tan have riled up the state palace which says it will brook no such non­sense.

In the first case, a woman took out a full-page ad­ver­tise­ment in a Chi­nese daily, pub­li­cis­ing a “Dato’ D’Raja” ti­tle she re­ceived from “His High­ness Tunku Iskan­dar” of Ke­lan­tan. The palace has con­firmed that there was no such state award.

In an­other case, a pic­ture of a fake cer­e­mo­nial func­tion hosted by an as­so­ci­a­tion in a ho­tel on March 3, with in­vi­tees wear­ing uni­forms and sashes sim­i­lar to those re­ceiv­ing Datuk­ships, went vi­ral.

State Le­gal Ad­viser Datuk Shahi­dani Abd Aziz clar­i­fied that Ke­lan­tan did not be­stow any “Dato’ D’Raja” ti­tle.

He warned that those in­volved in Datuk­ship scams would be charged in court.

Shahi­dani was re­spond­ing to the ad­ver­tise­ment an­nounce­ment of a “Dato’ D’Raja” ti­tle be­stowed upon ge­o­mancer Chong Sok Yon by one “Tunku Iskan­dar”.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ke­lan­tan En­act­ment A54 Em­blems and Names (Pre­ven­tion of Im­proper Use) 2015, only the Ke­lan­tan Ruler has the power to be­stow ti­tles.

State Secretariat of­fi­cial Azhar Has­san said Sul­tan Muham­mad V had as­sented to the new rul­ing to im­pose stiff penal­ties, in­clud­ing a RM50,000 fine and up to three years in jail, upon con­vic­tion.

He said it was also against state law to dis­play un­recog­nised ti­tles on one’s body and ve­hi­cles, and to give any form of in­duce­ment in order to ac­quire ti­tles.

“No one can use ti­tles, awards and em­blems that are not be­stowed by Tuanku,” Azhar re­minded.

Those con­victed of us­ing bogus ti­tles and em­blems face a RM10,000 fine or jail of not more than three years. Un­der Sec­tion 5C of the En­act­ment, those re­quest­ing, ac­cept­ing and brib­ing to ac­quire fake ti­tles are also li­able to sim­i­lar pun­ish­ment if con­victed.

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