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Jimmy (call me Tiger) offers to return Datukship
Published on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tawau: Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Wong Sze Phin or Jimmy Wong (pic), who received the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) award which carries the title "Datuk" from Sabah Yang Dipertua Tun Juhar Mahiruddin recently, wants the public to keep calling him Jimmy.He said the name was easy to say and would bring him closer to the public.

"It is easy to call me Jimmy or tiger, that title (Datuk) need not be used.

"I did not ask for it, I just asked for a chance to serve the people," he told reporters here.

Wong, who is Sabah DAP advisor, was commenting on a statement by DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng on several DAP leaders who received awards and titles from Melaka and Sabah recently.

Wong was among 35 people who were accorded the PGDK award in conjunction with Juhar's 65th birthday celebrations on Oct 6.

He said since then, people had begun calling him "Datuk".

"In the party, we do not encourage (the title Datuk) but when I was offered, I did not know whether I should accept or not."

"We are now waiting for a decision by the DAP's Central Executive Committee (on the award) and we will abide by the instructions of the party, if the award should be returned," he said, smiling.


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