Netizens spotted discrepancies in the photos posted.
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A man who allegedly shows off a fake Datukship may face up to three years in jail.
The incident has brought attention to the illegality of falsely claiming such an honour, which is punishable under the Offences Relating to Awards Act 2017 (Act 787).
The man posted a photo of himself wearing traditional Malay attire and a songkok, standing in front of a green screen with a window and a “no entry” sign visible on the floor.
The background curtain was also heavily coloured, making many speculate it was photoshopped.
The man is said to be a famous singer in the Indian community and is famous for his samba rock music.
He has released many songs and albums in the 90s, along with a band.
Netizens Question The Authenticity Of The Datukship Photo
Many netizens quickly pointed out that the setup looked suspicious and the throne room in the photo did not resemble any actual palace.
Some said the ribbon heraldry in the photo resembles Melaka’s Darjah Gemilang Seri Melaka (D.G.S.M.), which carries the title Datuk Seri.
However, based on info from the Melaka state government website, the medal/medallion in the photo looks nothing like it.
The incident has raised questions about Malaysian society’s obsession with status and money and the importance of earning success through hard work and dedication.
The case also serves as a reminder that falsely claiming honours or titles is illegal and can result in severe consequences.
It is essential to respect and uphold the integrity of such honours, recognising individuals who have made genuine contributions to society.
Warning Against Scams
Meanwhile, the Council of Datuk Dato’ Malaysia (MDDM) has lodged a police report against nine individuals who were found to be using fake Dato’, Datuk, and Tan Sri titles.
The action was taken following several complaints received by the MDDM regarding these individuals’ use of fake titles.
MDDM secretary-general Datuk Samson David Maman said they had received complaints about people using fake titles since May 2021.
He also mentioned that the identities of these individuals cannot be revealed and that they come from various backgrounds.
At the time, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong emphasized that Dato’, Datuk and Tan Sri titles cannot be purchased.
Kan Datuk palsu kian merebak! Jgn kluar list je. Sebar muka skali. Baru cantik. pic.twitter.com/RD2Wkvz4IM— PMX – Kehendak Allah! (@JujurTanpaSolat) May 2, 2023
They can only be conferred by the Sultan or the Governor of the respective state.
He advised the public to verify the status of a person’s title on the official website, www.istiadat.gov.my, if they have any doubts.
Saja la nak cek senarai penerima pingat dekat website istiadat sebeb kecoh kata Ustaz Husam guna gelaran datuk palsu— Mujahid.Cyber.Army (@Haffiz_Wali) May 5, 2023
Letak perkataan Husam dlm carian, nama Muthusamy yg keluar dlm senarai..
Nama ayah dia yg juga bekas mufti kedah memang ada, tapi takda juga Husam takda juga pic.twitter.com/Iw1Nk8kpqc