Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Datuk, a federal title in Malaysia

Am so proud that Ling Sii Kiong, my classmate in form 6 in 1972 has become a Datuk. He is the second Datuk from this class. The other is James Wong.

Congrats to SK Ling, and a belated one to James.

In Malaysia the title "Datuk" has two meanings: formal and informal. The informal ones holds that Datuk is equivalent to one's "grandfather" or refers to a male elder. Other function is a formal honorific style both in traditional and stately titles.
Datuk is a federal title that has been conferred since 1965. It is limited to recipients of Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN), of which there may be up to 200 living at any one time, and Panglima Setia Diraja (PSD), of which there may be up to 200 living at any one time. The PJN and PSD rank 9th and 10th respectively in the rank of federal awards.  wiki


Stay mellow with yellow!

1 comment:

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such an impressive moment. I have never heard of Datuk before.