Stop Datukship abuse!


Datukship is the most common title awarded in the country today.  As the saying goes “just throw a stone in the street and you will hit one”.

Recently it is reported that a China company’s chief executive has admitted paying US$100,000.00 for the title to a BN politician in a local media portal.  The said foreigner believes with such title he can have close connection with the politicians and royalty to conduct his business.   He alleged this is a common practice in Malaysia.

To this Deputy National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan, Andy Yong said “it is high time to stop this nonsense as the title is an honourable one where only those who truly deserved shall be bestowed with it”

“It has been an open secret that Datoship can be conferred to anyone so long as he or she can afford to pay for it.  Many unscrupulous so-called agents or politicians had made their fortunes out of it.  Even the general public are aware that if Datoship is awarded by two particular states, it is of less value compare to others because it can be easily bought.  In some Opposition-controlled states such practice is also common where recipients are often required to pay in kind or make cash donations” added Andy.

In the yesteryears, such honorable awards were usually bestowed to aging high-ranking civil servants, politicians, High Court judges and rich philanthropists.  Today many have abused the system for monetary gain with or without the knowledge of the respective state Rulers due to patronage purpose.

“This is tantamount to some kind of dishonesty and corrupt practice.  The relevant authority should look into this matter seriously, otherwise it actually breeds unhealthy business and social cultures” urges Andy.

The Malaysian Times













Gerakan Youth supports the recent move to table a private bill to amend the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (“LRA”).  It is reported that they propose the said amendment relating to conversion issue specifically related to section 51 of the LRA.


Deputy National Youth Chief of Parti Gerakan, Andy Yong who is also a lawyer avers that “amendment not only on section 51 should spell out clearly and unambiguously that such issue is to be dealt by the civil court but on the issue of unilateral conversion by a parent without the knowledge or consent of the other.  This is a long outstanding issue need to be resolved and required the support of two third of the parliamentarians to amend Article 12(4) of the Federal Constitution”.


Andy also said “in the past many unilateral conversion cases have yet to be resolved or decided clearly by the Courts; it has creates social injustice and violates the rights of the non-converting parent hence the lawmakers shall look into this matter seriously once and for all”


“In addition, I opine that other provision such as section 106 of the LRA need to be looked into.  Section 106 requires parties to attend a conciliatory body or tribunal before petition for a divorce.  This is particularly so when only one of the spouses wants to divorce.  In my 15 years of legal practice, such requirement is waste of time and resources.  This is because never once I encounter my client reconciled after attending the said tribunal.  There were frequent postponements of hearings due to difficulties in securing attendance of all members on the appointed date.  The delays aggravate the already tensed and unfortunate situation of the spouses in a marriage facing difficulty especially if it involves children who are the innocent parties.  Quite often the counselor is not a professional or an expert” said Andy.


Lastly Andy also urges the government to consider methods to secure maintenance or alimony awarded by Court such as compulsory monthly deposit to a relevant government department.
Malaysiakini –

Move Forward not Backward


There are more important matters should be dealt with instead of talking on vernacular schools or Sedition Act or extremism.

Certain politicians are urged to stop living in denial, after all endemic corruption, abuse of power and the ineffective or weakening of the country’s institutions are some factors that caused Malaysians especially the urbanites to lose faith.

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