Revoke honorifics from those convicted of criminal offences

Their undesirable activities demean and dishonour the state

Graphic: vonyaglobal.com

Inspector General of Police Hamid Bador, at a recent media conference, announced the arrest of 34 people linked to the Macau scam, among whom were officers from various enforcement agencies.

Likewise, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the last few weeks reported the arrest of 68 people believed to be gang members, some of whom were reportedly holders of federal or state honorifics.

Federal and state governments that award honorifics to individuals have an established set of rules and criteria. Such awards are normally given to deserving individuals at the discretion of state rulers on the occasion of the rulers’ birthdays.

Recipients bestowed with such awards are deemed to have contributed exemplary service to the state and are of reputable and untarnished character. As such, recipients are expected to carry themselves with honour and dignity and not engage in conduct that would bring them to disrepute. 

Over the last several years, there has been a hike in the number of criminal cases involving federal and state honorific recipients. These include corruption, money laundering, gangsterism, extortion, fights and a host of other criminal offences. Arrests were made either by the police or the MACC. 

When prosecuted, they not only are disgraced but also degrade and dishonour their honorific titles. Their undesirable activities demean and dishonour the state and the rulers who bestowed them the awards.   

To restore and preserve the sanctity, honour and integrity of the awards, Patriot suggests that all federal and state honorific award recipients convicted of criminal activities have their honorific revoked and their awards de-gazetted.    

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The public image of a Tan Sri, Dato Seri or Dato attired in the infamous orange MACC attire, handcuffed and arraigned in court to face criminal charges is disgusting. Of late, such sights have been a regular feature in the media.

What is even more disgusting is that the arraigned individual does not appear to be remorseful; rather, he leaves the courthouse with a broad smile.

What does this say to our younger generation who look upon such titled individuals with high regard?          

Patriot respects the right of the states and rulers to bestow honorifics to whomever they wish. But one has to consider which of the two is more important to preserve: the sanctity and integrity of the honorific or a disgraced recipient?          

Retired Brigadier General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot)

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Khoo Soo Hay
Khoo Soo Hay
12 Apr 2021 11.21am

Criminal heads move close to politicians to influence the latter to propose honorifics for them, thus improving their social image at least with the lowest “Dato/Datuk” title. One way is to donate to the politician’s political party to get public recognition of community care programme.

Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
11 Apr 2021 10.54pm

Would it not be more appropriate to suspend the day one is charged as cases can drag on for years?
Once cleared the suspension can be removed.
Bless all

loyal malaysian
loyal malaysian
12 Apr 2021 7.21am

I second the proposal, Gursharan Singh.
A friend did a rough count, about a third of those involved has honorific titles.
My god!
Dare we imagine the state of our society now?