A Datuk worth calling…
Lee Chong Wei, made Malaysians proud by winning the Beijing 2008 Olympic Silver Medal for Malaysia, which help Malaysia end a long draught of medals from the olympics. Although many may be disappointed that Lee did not manage to bag the Gold from his nemesis Lin Dan, to the rest, he is already a Hero back home. I bet at least 40% of Malaysians were glued to their seat that Sunday night watching our hero battle his heart out to make us feel proud.
Enough about the Olympics. Main purpose i’m writing this post is to applaud Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who announced today that Penang will award shuttler Lee Chong Wei, the state’s first Olympic silver medallist, with the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) award, which carries the title Datuk, on Aug 30. Last month, the state awarded Squash Queen Nicole David Datukship for her contributions towards the state and the sport.
Come to think of it, should it not be this way that the honorary awards be given to people who actually contribute to something? How many people actually know what our Datuk’s are being awarded for? For instance, We all know that Alex Furgeson, Manager of Manchester United & Bobby Charlton was knighted for their contribution towards English Football. Also, Elton John and Paul McCartney was knighted for their contribution towards the English Music & Sean Connery for his contribution towards the big screens.
Probably its time to award Datukship to Shalin Zulkifli, Paul Ponnudorai, Gary Cao Ge and the many others that have potrayed Malaysia postively in the world map in their respective fields. It’s about time the right awards are given to the right people don’t you think? Kudos CM Lim, you have my backing support for postitive change