Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor defended the award of datukship to Jackie Chan today by stating that his efforts in promoting the country in his film, Police Story 3, has earned him the title.
The Barisan National Secretary-General also said Chan was awarded ‘Datuk’ because he has quite a large fan base here in Malaysia.
Desperate to convince the public, Tengku Adnan also claimed that Chan can help to promote Malaysia, especially its capital, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Tweeting his logic on the conferment: “As an actor with a massive following here in Malaysia,Jacky (sic) Chan can help to promote Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur and he deserved it,” Tengku Adnan posted on his Twitter account @TengkuAdnanReal.
A total of 71 individuals received the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) award for the 2015 Â Federal Territory Day yesterday, which grants the ‘Datuk’ title.
However, the news of Chan’s datukship received mixed reactions from netizens across the country.
While some are amused by the Hong Kong actor’s outfit of the traditional baju melayu and songkok headgear, more people expressed their dismay and annoyance via Twitter.
Most of the frustrations were due to the fact that the title was awarded to a foreigner (who doesn’t know Â a word of Bahasa Malaysia), and not to a local unsung hero.
One user, Shanmuga K, tweeted: “Quite disappointed with @EyeOfJackieChan accepting a Datoship. He was 1 of a kind; now he’s just 1 of thousands with that title.”
Popular actor Azhar Sulaiman also weighed in on the issue, tweeting: :Does the People in India feel happy when their actor received Datukship?Hong Kong people respect what Jackie Chan received from our King?”
â€œGive a datukship to people who risked their lives for others during the banjir la…. Make these datukships mean something again! Just my two cents,â€ popular Malaysian actor and director Afdlin Shauki posted on his public Facebook page.
In 2008, the state of Malacca had also conferred a Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) award which carries the title â€œDatukâ€ to popular Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan.
Chan is a popular Hong Kong action movie star who successfully made the transition to Hollywood.MYNEWSHUB.CC