KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April (Bernama) -- The public can refer to the website of
the Bahagian Istiadat under the Prime Minister''s Department at
www.istiadat.gov.my to check whether an honorific title used by an individual
is valid and recognised by the government.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister''s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said
the website had a complete and updated list of the recipients of honorific
titles and medals, whether conferred by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or came from
He was replying to Senator Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader who had asked the prime
minister to state the efforts taken to address the problem of misuse of
honorific titles like Datuk and Datuk Seri in cases where their validity were
doubted, in the Dewan Negara today.
Liew said that according to the current policy and regulation, only the
honorific titles conferred by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, sultans, rulers and
Yang di-Pertua Negeri were recognised by the government.
"For honorific titles from foreign countries, only those conferred by the
heads of state or government from sovereign countries are recognised.
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"In this respect, titles given by organisations, associations, and local or
foreign institutions with no political authority and they only exist as cultural
centres are not included in the category of recognised honorific titles."
Liew said that to ensure that honorific titles were tightly controlled at
the federal level, the Ceremonial Division and International Conference
Secretariat at the Prime Minister''s Department kept a complete and updated
record of all recipients of the federal awards.
He said this was to avoid confusion and doubts in respect of the list of
Liew said the new list of award recipients would only be displayed online
one day after the investiture ceremony.
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