KOTA BARU: The Kelantan palace has revoked the Darjah Kerabat Al-Yunusi (DK) title awarded to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, effective last Tuesday.
The news was announced by the State Secretary through a letter received today by Dr Mahathir, who is also the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president.
Sources from his office confirmed the former prime minister received the letter at his residence on Feb 6 and is in the process of returning the award to Kelantan.
The award, which is limited to 25 recipients at any one time and is usually reserved for royalty, was awarded to Dr Mahathir in 2002 by then Sultan Ismail Petra, who is the father of the present Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V. The award does not come with a title.
It was reported yesterday that vice-president of Parti Amanah Negara (PAN), Datuk Husam Musa, and chairman of PAN Kelantan, Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah, were also stripped of their Datuk Paduka titles by the Kelantan palace. Both their titles were revoked effective Feb 6.