‘Datuk’ title can’t be used without investiture ceremony

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Aug 2019:

Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) former president Karim Ibrahim should not use the title ‘Datuk’ as long as he has not attended the investiture ceremony, said Pahang state secretary Datuk Seri Dr Sallehuddin Ishak yesterday.

Sallehuddin gave this clarification when asked to comment on a report lodged on July 4 at the Travers police station here by a 57-year-old businessman – who alleged the title which Karim used was not valid.

The complainant had urged for stern action to be taken against the former MAF president – who is believed to have used the title verbally or in written form on various occasions, including when engaging with the media.

Karim had been offered the title on 26 July 2011 but until now, had not been conferred with the honour at an investiture ceremony, said Sallehuddin who added: “As such, he cannot use the title until it is conferred upon him”.

Meanwhile, Karim said while he was unaware of the police report, he knew there were parties who were using the issue of the title to smear his reputation since the campaign for the MAF elections on June 30 – when he lost his two-term presidency, held since 2014, to then deputy president Datuk S.M. Muthu by a margin of three votes (18-21).

On the title, Karim – who still holds the presidency for the Perak Athletics Association – said: “It is not fake…I was supposed to go and collect it, but I did not go. I do not know if there is a clause saying I cannot use it. If the Palace says cannot use, I won’t use.”

– Bernama