PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan palace has revoked the “Dato” title that Baling MP and former Tabung Haji chairman Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim received from state ruler Sultan Muhammad V.
A letter affirming this has been making the rounds on social media.
Kelantan state secretary Nazran Muhammad confirmed to FMT today that the letter is authentic, adding that he had signed it.
The letter is dated April 2, 2019.
The letter, sent to Azeez’s home in Bandar Sunway, also said that Azeez cannot use the “Dato” title any more.
Azeez also has to return the award to the Kelantan palace in Kota Bharu immediately, the letter added.
Azeez received the award on Nov 13, 2016 from Sultan Muhammad in conjunction with the state ruler’s 47th birthday.
At the time, Azeez said the award was “the most priceless recognition from the state government”.
Azeez currently has a Dato’ title from the Pahang palace, as well as a “Datuk Wira” title from Melaka, “Dato’ Paduka” from Kedah, “Datuk Seri Panglima” from Sabah, and “Datuk” from the Malaysian government.
Earlier this year, Azeez claimed trial to 12 charges of corruption and money laundering in government projects, including accepting bribes and money laundering.