Saturday, June 12, 2010

Datuk Chua loses his datukship

Did the palace mentioned the correct Datuk Chua?

Former MCA leader Datuk Chua Jui Meng has been stripped of two Datuk titles by the Johor Palace.

Chua, who is currently in PKR, was stripped of the Datuk Seri Paduka Mahkota Johor and Datuk Paduka Mahkota Johor titles on June 8.

When contacted, Chua said he was given another reminder of the palace's actions Thursday.

"Both titles are very special to me as it was given by the late Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail a few years ago.

"I am only the second Chinese in Johor to be given the title of Datuk Seri Paduka Mahkota Johor," he told The Star.

Chua said the palace did not give any reason for on revoking the titles.

"I will not let this deter me. I will work harder to reform Johor as well as the country," he said.

Chua said he would forever be grateful to the late Sultan for his friendship as well as leadership in the state.

"I value his (the late Sultan) friendship and his contribution towards my life.

“those who had awards withdrawn should ask themselves whether they had done 'something honourable' or not.”

More public figures lose their Johor titles

Johor Council of Royal Court secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli said the Sultan had conferred the titles of Dato’ Sri Paduka Mahkota Johor and Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Johor based on three main criteria – loyalty, meticulous service and diligence.

“I cannot say the reasons why they have been stripped of their titles as it is the Sultan’s prerogative,” Abdul Rahim told reporters here yesterday.

“However, these four must search their conscience and think for themselves what they have done wrong and not blame others.”

Chua Jui Meng loses his title

Did the palace get the right Chua?