The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has decreed that the state awards and titles conferred on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor be suspended with effect from May 6.
Selangor State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, in a statement here today, said the suspension order was made because the two individuals are facing several charges in court involving corruption, criminal breach of trust, Inland Revenue Board cases, and money laundering.
“The suspension of the titles and use of the state awards conferred by the Sultan of Selangor will be reviewed after the cases have been disposed of in court.
“The suspension is in line with the powers of His Highness under the Selangor Constitution 1959, related Awards Statute and convention practised in the state of Selangor,” he said.
According to Mohd Amin, Najib was awarded the First Class Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS), which carries the title Datuk Seri, in 2004 and the Second Class Darjah Kebesaran Datuk Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS), which carries the title Datuk, in 1992.
Rosmah was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS), which carries the title Datin Paduka Seri, in 2005.
Last October, the Negeri Sembilan palace stripped Najib and Rosmah of their Datuk Seri titles with immediate effect.
However, the couple still has numerous Datuk Seri titles from other states.
Najib has nine from Pahang, Perak, Malacca, Kedah, Penang, Perlis, Sabah and Sarawak. Rosmah has titles from Pahang, Malacca, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak, which carry the Datuk Seri title or its equivalent.