Selangor Sultan strips Najib, Rosmah of titles

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Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has stripped Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, of titles in the state.

The revocation is effective today and is due to the couple being convicted in court.

A statement from Selangor state secretary Haris Kasim said that the removal of honours was in line with the sultan’s prerogative to do so under the state constitution and statute on titles.

The former premier is serving a 12-year sentence at the Kajang prison after the Federal Court upheld his conviction in the SRC International case while Rosmah was recently found guilty of corruption by the High Court.

The monarch had previously suspended the titles for Najib and Rosmah in 2019, pending the outcome of their court case.

Najib was bestowed the Keahlian Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (SPMS) Kelas Pertama, which carries title Datuk Seri, in 2004.

Meanwhile, Rosmah was conferred the SPMS Kelas Pertama, which carries the title Datin Paduka Seri, in 2005.

The couple also had their titles stripped in Negeri Sembilan in 2018.

However, the couple still has numerous Datuk Seri titles from other states.

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Najib has eight from Pahang, Perak, Malacca, Kedah, Penang, Perlis, Sabah, and Sarawak while Rosmah has titles from Pahang, Malacca, Kedah, Sabah and Sarawak, which carry the Datuk Seri title or its equivalent.

Besides Najib and Rosmah, Sultan Sharafuddin also revoked honours from former Rural and Regional Development Ministry secretary-general Mohd Arif Ab Rahman.

Arif was awarded the Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS) award in 2005 which carried the title Datuk.

He was convicted in 2018 for abetting his son to accept a bribe of S$200,000 (RM645,000) from a solar power company to secure a government project, and sentenced to three years in jail and a fine of RM3 million.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court upheld the sentence against him in 2021, although he is still free on bail pending appeal.

The statement cited his conviction as grounds for his title to be revoked.

A check on the government’s directory of award recipients showed that Arif has no other awards that carry a title. – Malaysiakini