I was with someone whom I described as 'orang lama' in the Federal Government. He was once attached to the Palace and was involved in arranging Federal accolades to many honoured recipients.
However, he was quite intrigued at how the Federal's 'darjah kebesaran' are being awarded since the last 5 years.
"If we study the Federal Constitution, the recipient of Tun must not exceed 10, Tan Sri 25 while Datuk should not surpass 315.
"At the moment, we have 13 Tuns if I'm not mistaken, about 50 Tan Sri and more than 400 Federal Datuks."
To make someone a new Tun, he must wait for any vacancy. In other words, he gotta wait until a Tun dies.
"I dont know what are the criterias being used now," he said.
I got no comment. However, I understand that such accolades were given at the advise of the Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu and the Prime Minister.
Yeap... there are thousands of Datuks in Malaysia at the moment, most of whom got it from the State Governments. What about Datuk Sulu or some other Datuks?