KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he had never asked or applied for the Darjah Kebesaran Seri Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (S.S.S.A) award, which has been withdrawn from him, effective Nov 3, 2014.
He said the withdrawal of the Selangor state award, which carries the title of “Datuk Seri”, would not prevent him from continuing as Selangor economic adviser.
“The S.S.S.A. award was bestowed on me in 1992 by Almarhum Tuanku Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (the present Selangor Sultan’s late father) without my asking or applying for it,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Anwar, who is also the opposition leader, was responding to a statement by Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani, the private secretary to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, today on the withdrawal of the S.S.S.A. award from him, effective Nov 3, 2014.
Mohamad Munir stated that the Selangor Sultan made the decision after consultation with the Council of the Royal Court of Selangor following Anwar’s questioning of the integrity and power of the Sultan in resolving the crisis involving the appointment of menteri besar, as well as over religious issues since the end of 2013.
He said the Sultan’s power in these matters was provided for under the Selangor State Constitution 1959.
Anwar, however, still has many state awards that also carry the “Datuk Seri” title, which he received from Pahang, Melaka, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah, Perak and Perlis.