There are some news that needs to be delivered formally, and not via the media. One of them would be revoking the Datuk title.
Noruliman Abdul Rahman or better known as Boy Iman received the news when the media approached him. He has yet to receive an official letter from the palace.
On 1st February, the Sultan of Pahang revoked the Datuk title bestowed to actor Farid Kamil and controversial entrepreneur, actor and producer Boy Iman. Three other individuals also had their title revoked. Wong Shee Kai@Ricky and Tran Thi Mai@Maimunah’s revocations were effective since 1st February while Syed Mohammad Faiz Syed Azemman’s began last year on 12th November.
The five individuals were required to return their Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Pahang Darul Makmur Award to the Pahang State Government Secretary office. They are also not allowed to use titles granted to them earlier. The notice was delivered via two official Twitter tweets.
Gelaran Datuk bagi pelakon Farid Kamil, Boy Iman antara dibatalkan Sultan Pahang berkuatkuasa 1 Feb – Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri pic.twitter.com/rX4o5JBn8g
— BERNAMA TV ?? (@BernamaTV) February 10, 2021
“I am not disappointed,” Boy Iman disclosed. “But I was surprised to hear [about it] from the media and not from a letter that should have been given to me by the palace.” He states that such matters should be handled with official methods and not spread through the news. According to him, this does not “symbolise credibility or protocols”.
As he has yet to receive an official letter, he will wait until 12th February before contacting the Pahang State Government Secretary office. He plans to send a letter to them via his lawyer to understand why his title was revoked. “I don’t dare to discuss the matter further,” he said frankly. “But in my opinion, an official letter should have been sent out before they gave a statement to reporters.”
Farid Kamil Zahari on the other hand, has graciously accepted the decree. “Since 16th December 2017, I am proud and honoured to have the Datuk title bestowed upon me by the Pahang Palace,” he stated in an Instagram post. “I held love above the highest gift of my life and accepted it with humility at that time.” He also adds that he is currently working on promoting the film “Remp-it 2” which is coming out this year.
Although, no reason was given for the revocation of the titles, all individuals involved had been prosecuted in court previously for various offences. This was in line with the reforms made on 18th August 2019 for the awarding of medals and state degrees.
One in particular stated that if awardees are suspected of being associated with misconduct, dishonesty, or lack of integrity, an immediate investigation should be made.