A picture of a young man, who is allegedly 19 years old, donning the ceremonial garments of a Datuk is making its rounds on the interwebs. The captions reads, “Youngest Dato in Malaysia”.

But as the photo has been re-shared many times, we weren’t able to locate the original post.

Source: 新山吹水站's Facebook page
Source: 新山吹水站’s Facebook page

Some netizens claimed that the alleged Datuk goes by the name of Alvin Gor and he is actually 25 years old this year. As at time of writing, Gor has deleted his Facebook account.

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Known as the guy who spent RM17,000 on alcohol to “impress” DJ Soda, a popular Korean musician, Gor often shares his lavish lifestyle on social media. Multiple Chinese news outlets pointed out that he is the CEO of IBS Forex, an “illegal” foreign exchange company (similar to MLM) that cons people’s money.

Source: Moretify
Source: Moretify

“Gangster also can get Datuk Seri without any contribution to the state,” commented Qamari while Atiq wrote, “With money anything is possible in this country. For me nothing surprising as even gangsters and 3rd rate thugs can get dato title as long as they have enough $$$$”. 

While many criticised the young man, some found the viral post funny. Fatudin joked, “Maybe he obtained 11A+++ in his SPM examinations.”

 

Source: Yap's Facebook page
Source: Yap’s Facebook page

What do you think of the viral photo? Do you think he’s a real Datuk? Or a conman like some netizens suggest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Sources: The StarCari.my, Cocomy, Straits Times / Featured image: The Star.

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