Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan has agreed to come to Malacca on Dec 6 to receive his Datukship from Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob. The actor will receive his Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM) award that carries the title in a ceremony on Saturday at 10am to be held at Dewan Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh that will be attended by 1,000 invited guests.
That must have taken some strong “persuasive powers” to get “the snubbed twice” Shahrukh Khan from his busy and costly scheduled to fly in for a day to get this award and to arrange special ceremony with 1,000 people to make up the space in the background.
Omar said that the actor would arrive at 7.30am and later proceed to the ceremony where he would don the traditional official black Malay costume and a songkok (headgear) to receive the award. “It will be the first time that an international Bollywood star is given the honor of donning the official Malay costume, which would be viewed by the entire world,” he said in his statement.
Great, another feather to the “Ketuanan Melayu” concept – Shahrukh Khan inevitably now becomes a model for the PR hungry politicians.
A press conference with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has been fixed for noon on Dec 6, with the actor later going on a tour of the city beginning at 2.10pm. Among the sites to be visited include the Taming Sari Tower, the Eye on Malaysia, Jonker Walk and Kampung Morten, including a river cruise on the Melaka River
Has other more deserving people who been awarded the “Datukship” given the same red carpet treatment?