Selangor sultan suspend Najib, Rosmah state awards

Selangor sultan suspend Najib, Rosmah state awards

SHAH ALAM: Selangor ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah suspended the state awards and titles conferred on former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, effective from tomorrow.

State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya 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.

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.

The Selangor ruler also withdrew the Darjah Kebesaran Datuk – Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (DSIS), which carries the title Datuk, awarded to former executive chairman and director of Syarikat NGV Tech Sdn Bhd, Zulkifli Shariff.

He reasoned that Zulkifli was no longer qualified to hold the award after he had been declared a bankrupt by the Insolvency Department.

Mohd Amin said Zulkifli is prohibited from using the award and the Datuk title and in fact, all parties are not allowed to address him by that title as it had been annulled.

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