It’s official: former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor will no longer hold their “Datuk Seri” titles starting from today (Friday, 26th October) onwards.
Malaysiakini and The Star reported that the Negeri Sembilan palace had made the decision to stripped Najib and Rosmah with immediate effect. Najib had the Darjah Seri Utama Negeri Sembilan (SPNS), which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama, while Rosmah had the Darjah Seri Paduka Tuanku Ja’afar Yang Amat Terpuji (SPTJ), which carries the title Datuk Seri.
Najib was awarded his title back in 2005, while his wife got hers the following year in 2006. “The decision is aimed at safeguarding the honour of the Negeri Sembilan royal institution,” State Secretary Dr Razali Ab Malik was quoted as saying.
Despite that, the couple still “Datuk Seri” titles from other states. Najib from Pahang, Melaka, Sabah, Sarawak, Penang, Kelantan, Kedah and Perlis. Meanwhile, Rosmah still has hers from Pahang, Melaka, Sabah, Sarawak, Kedah and Selangor.
Do y’all think other states will soon follow Negeri Sembilan’s lead?