KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4, 2014:
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said despite being stripped of his Datukship by the Selangor Sultan, he would continue fulfilling his duties.
He said this included upholding the Federal Constitution, the monarch and democratic Parliament as well as the rights of the people.
“At the same time I will still assume office as the state economic adviser for the benefit of the the state and its people,” he said in a press statement.
He said he was honoured with that title in 1992 by Tuanku Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah without a request or application and he would always be grateful for the honour of receiving it.
Anwar Tweeted today a list of titles he had received which included four “Datuk Seri” titles.
Meanwhile, Selangor state executive councilor Amirudin Shaari said the decision to strip Anwar of his title would not affect him or the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the state assembly sitting, Amirudin said Anwar still held a number of Datukship titles from several other states.
“For Pakatan Rakyat, we thank rulers who bestow us with awards and titles as they are a recognition. However, with or without titles, we will continue to act and perform our duties to the people.”
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali refused to comment on the decision of the Selangor ruler to withdraw the state award from Anwar effective Nov 3, 2014.
Earlier today, the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decided to strip Anwar of the title which was conferred upon him by his late father in 1992.
In a statement released today, the Selangor palace said Sultan Sharafuddin made the decision after consulting the Council of the Royal Court last month.
The Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, said the withdrawal was based on Anwar’s actions of “repeatedly questioning the integrity of the Selangor Sultan and the royal institution during the recent “Menteri Besar crisis”.
“His actions and behaviour no longer befit him to hold the title.”