THE Selangor sultan has accepted the return of Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali’s royal awards, a statement from the palace said.
“Dr Mahathir and Dr Siti Hasmah have returned and surrendered the royal awards on December 7,” said the three-paragraph statement signed by Selangor Royal Council secretary Hanafisah Jais today.
“The cancelation of the royal awards (to them) will be gazetted according to the prescribed procedures,” said the statement.
It was reported by The Malaysian Insight yesterday that Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir, Malaysia’s prime minister for 22 years, and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah, returned two titles each last Thursday.
Dr Siti Hasmah returned the SPMS and Dato Paduka Mahkota Selangor (DPMS) royal awards.
It has been reported that the Selangor ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, was outraged at Dr Mahathir’s insult of the Bugis community.
During the “Love Malaysia, end kleptocracy” rally in Petaling Jaya on October 14, Dr Mahathir slammed Prime Minister Najib Razak as a descendent of a “Bugis pirate”.
The Selangor royal court on November 2 released a statement saying that the sultan was enraged and disappointed with Dr Mahathir’s speech, urging the police to investigate the former prime minister for allegedly inciting hatred towards the Bugis.
The sultan in an interview with The Sunday Star also described Dr Mahathir as a leader with an “inferiority complex” and one whose “anger would burn the country”.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT