Oh My “Datuk” – The Title Awards That Make Politicians Arrogant, Corrupt And Dumb

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Oct 18 2018
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Among the four component parties of the new Pakatan Harapan government, it appears only DAP is extremely concerned about the risk of becoming a devil itself. After 61 years of fighting the evil Barisan Nasional (BN) government, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) realises that its May 9th victory at overthrowing the corrupt BN regime hadn’t come easy.


Hence, the DAP leadership constantly reminds themselves that the new Pakatan Harapan coalition could easily lose its newly acquired power, if they forget the fundamental reasons that had contributed to the BN’s downfall in the first place – corruption and arrogance of power. They also knew money isn’t the only temptation which could corrupt the party.


Enter “Datuk”, a title award so common in a small nation called Malaysia that if you throw a stone among a crowd, chances are you would hit a person who possesses such title. “Datukships”, one of the most common titles awarded in the country of 33-million, is being handed out like a McDonald’s staff giving away hamburgers, figuratively speaking.

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And among the four component parties of Pakatan government, only the Chinese-based DAP has decided that its elected representatives and local councillors should not accept titles and awards during their period of active political service. After the DAP central executive committee (CEC) meeting on Oct 15, it was decided that enough is enough.


DAP national organising secretary and Transport Minister Anthony Loke declared that elected representatives and local councillors should only receive titles and awards after retiring from active service. Like Mr. Loke, DAP secretary- general and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has also advised his party members not to chase after “Datuk” and other titles like the previous corrupt BN government.


Apparently, the DAP leadership wasn’t impressed that two of its Malacca state assemblymen, Tey Kok Kiew and Wong Fort Pin, received the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) award which carries the title “Datuk” while two Sabah DAP ministers – Stephen Wong and Frankie Poon – were awarded the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK), which also carries the title “Datuk”.

Malacca State Assemblymen - Tey Kok Kiew and Wong Fort Pin

However, the temptation was too great for some DAP assemblymen like Tey Kok Kiew. He probably has forgotten that his job is to serve the people and not seek fame, titles or positions. And probably due to arrogance of power, Mr. Tey thought he actually deserves the award, thinking he did a jolly good job as an assemblyman for just a couple of months since the May 9th general election.


Tey, the Malacca DAP chairman, told party leaders to write to sultans and rulers about the DAP’s stance against receiving titles during active political service. He was like saying – “Hey, if you don’t allow me to keep the Datukship, you tell that to the face of the monarchy”. Obviously, the greedy assemblyman was trying to put his party and monarchies at loggerheads.


Tey Kok Kiew and Wong Fort Pin could have had easily refused the Datukship from the beginning, had they been not greedy for fame or titles. What had they done within a couple of months that made them deserved the title? They were so arrogant and drunk with power that they didn’t realise that the so-called Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob was nothing but an expired UMNO warlord.

Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob

Yes, Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob was formerly Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Pahang from 1986 to 1999 under the previous corrupt BN government. He was the same corrupt politician who had de-gazetted the most valuable piece of land in Kuantan, divided it up, and sold the lots to members of his administration at “grossly undervalued” prices. Instead of paying RM500 million, his boys got them for RM90 million.


Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob was actually one of at least 18 high-ranking individuals whom his own colleague – Rais Yatim – revealed in February 2004 as awaiting further action by the Anti-Corruption Agency and various authorities. Of course, as one of UMNO warlords, Khalil was never charged. It’s mind-boggling that Mr Tey has such high respect for a title awarded by such a corrupt leader.


Adding insult to injury, Governor Khalil has been giving away so many Datuks that even an UMNO warlord Rais Yatim said care should be exercised when handing out the state awards. Then Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, Mr. Rais was so ashamed and shocked that 84 people were awarded Datukships for the 66th birthday of the Malacca Governor, a record for Malacca back in 2004.

Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob Birthday - Title Awards

So, not only the “Datuk” title brings out the real personality of greedy people like Tey Kok Kiew and Wong Fort Pin, the award also shows the recipients could be incredibly dumb. What message is Mr. Tey trying to deliver as he fought tooth and nail to keep a title splashed by a formerly corrupt UMNO leader, Mohd Khalil Yaakob?


Sadly the remaining three component parties – PKR, Amanah and Bersatu – have chosen to keep quiet about the handout of such awards to their undeserving leaders. Five ministers had received the Darjah Gemilang Seri Melaka award, which carries the title of “Datuk Seri”, last Saturday, in conjunction with the 80th birthday of the Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob.


The shameless ministers are Rural and Regional Development Minister Rina Harun, Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad, Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun

Heck, Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun was so shameless and arrogant that she had the cheek to defend herself – claiming that the award would further encourage her to provide service to the people. Not only she stupidly admitted her greed for fame and titles, the clueless minister promoted by PM Mahathir has essentially acknowledged that she would only work hard – if bribed sufficiently.


Of course, being splinter group of UMNO, some members of Mahathir’s Bersatu party had resorted to defend the awards by accusing DAP of protesting against the Malay Rulers instead. Seriously? Malacca Governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob isn’t part of Malay royalty to begin with but merely a loyal ex-UMNO scumbag rewarded with the governorship.


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Love the way this piece was written up.Anyway DAP shud push for a total ban of honorific title to PH politician. The politician should only be called by “Yang Berhormat” a title sole rights of the Government.

The corrupt has started.

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