PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been stripped of his Darjah Kerabat Al-Yunusi royal award conferred by the Kelantan palace in 2002.
Malaysiakini cited sources as saying that the chairman of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PPBM had received a letter on the revocation on Tuesday and was in the process of handing back the award.
It said the award was limited to 25 recipients at any one time and usually reserved for royalty.
It was gifted to Mahathir, who was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, by then Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Ismail Petra, father of the current ruler, Sultan Muhammad V, who is the present Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Meanwhile, when contacted, Tengku Laksamana Kelantan Tengku Abdul Halim Sultan Ibrahim told FMT that he was not aware of the reason behind the move by the palace.
“I cannot comment in detail,” he said.
“I also do not know the real reason. I found out about it through media reports,” he added.
The palace had on Tuesday also withdrawn the Datuk titles of Amanah members Husam Musa and Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah, who were both formerly with PAS.
Husam, a former Kelantan state executive councillor, and Wan Rahim, a former state assembly speaker, were informed in letters from the state secretary that their Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia awards had been revoked.
The duo said they had returned the royal awards and related letters of appointment to the palace yesterday.
In December last year, Mahathir, 92, had returned awards presented to him by the Selangor palace.
This was after the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, criticised him following his speech during Pakatan Harapan’s “anti-kleptocracy” rally in October, in which he referred to Prime Minister Najib Razak as a “descendant of Bugis pirates”.
The Selangor royal household are descendants of the Bugis ethnic group.
Mahathir has maintained that his remarks were only against Najib and not directed at the Bugis community.