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Stop it now! Gerakan Youth warns Datukship ‘abusers’

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21: Gerakan Youth today said that the abuse of Datukship should be immediately stopped.   

“It is high time to stop this nonsense as the title is an honourable one where only those who truly deserved shall be bestowed with it,” said the wing’s deputy chief Andy Yong. 

Andy pointed out the “It has been an open secret that Datukship can be conferred to anyone so long as he or she can afford to pay for it.  

Many unscrupulous so-called agents or politicians, Andy said, had made their fortunes out of it.  

“Even the general public are aware that if Datukship is awarded by two particular states, it is of less value compare to others because it can be easily bought.  

“In some Opposition-controlled states such practice is also common where recipients are often required to pay in kind or make cash donations,” said Andy in a statement to The Malaysian Times (TMT) today. 

“In the yesteryears, such honorable awards were usually bestowed to aging high-ranking civil servants, politicians, High Court judges and rich philanthropists.  

“Today many have abused the system for monetary gain with or without the knowledge of the respective state Rulers due to patronage purpose. 

“This is tantamount to some kind of dishonesty and corrupt practice.  The relevant authority should look into this matter seriously, otherwise it actually breeds unhealthy business and social cultures,” stressed Andy.

Andy was commenting on a recent allegation made by a businessman from China who said he had given Barisan Nasional politicians money for them to obtain datukships. 

China-based CAA Resources chairman and chief executive Li Yang claimed that he had paid the politicians around US$100,000 (RM335,650) each.           

In an interview with the New York Times, Li revealed that that this was done to facilitate his company’s iron ore mining operations in Bukit Besi, Terengganu.

In the report, 27-year-old Li also said that he had worked to build ties with local political leaders from the ruling coalition following a four-decade closure of the mine, a result of “bureaucracy and labour union troubles”.

“If you’ve got these two to support you, then you can do anything you want because the natural resources are controlled by them,” said Li, adding that the politicians who had “indirect stakes” in the mine would be paid to receive datukships.