"Hai? Ariff dah dapt Datoship..Alhamdullillah.." (SMS received on Wed 29 Oct 2008 at 4:07 PM) "Ariff" here is, of course, Sakmongkol AK47 - the former Pulau Manis Pahang state assemblyman (Adun) from 2004-08.
Mat Cendana was at home waiting to tumpang a friend to the Pasar Malam in Pasir Mas town when he received this SMS. And since it was news from an extremely reliable person, the first thing he felt was joy and elation; and this nice thought of "There is some justice in this world after all!"
Countless people have received the datukship and more in the past, but they were of no particular concern to him. There were certainly no feelings of happiness, excitement or even plain satisfaction. But there had been feelings of exasperation, anger, suspicion, disbelief and other sentiments along these lines in the past when reading about someone or other receiving an award.
For the first time in his life, Mat Cendana shares the joy. For him, the one which Sakmongkol received, is worth ALL the datukships ever awarded to everyone else.
And especially over the one from the former centre of the glorious Kesultanan Melayu Melaka Empire now-turned-cheap pingat-factory that was given to a certain luminous actor from India because ... he was a luminous actor from India (A luminous actor from Malaysia won't be given this award. Because there is no luminous actor from Malaysia).
These datukship awards have been the subject of scorn over the years, no thanks to some dubious decisions by the selection board/panel of some states. Respect by the public of the receivers - present and past - has gone down due to questionable and undeserving people receiving them; not to mention the lorry-loads who affix this to their names and significantly dilute public perception.
Keep up with this and one day the term "Datuk" in front of a name might become synonymous with "Scumbag" in the rakyat's mind. Now that would be an affront to those who really deserve to hold the title - and there really are this breed around.
So why is this "different"... "a unique experience"? The answer is that it's the first time that Mat Cendana sees someone who deserves it AND wants him to get it. And there's yet another desire in him wanting something like this to happen: There's also a deserving DATIN from the process! Yes, in Datin Mamasita Mamamia!
Sakmongkol and Mamasita won't be getting any congratulatory messages from this post. Why? For one thing, Mat Cendana had already given this at 4:08 PM on Wednesday.
However, he is congratulating THE PEOPLE OF PAHANG. (Your selection board isn't too dumb after all)
AND THE BLOGGERS. Or at least "the responsible ones".
AND THE READERS. Ditto.
AND MALAYSIANS. ALL Malaysians. For we now have at least one truly deserving Datuk and Datin. The reasons are already stated in comments at the post of My dear companion at Mamasita's blog.
AND TO MAT CENDANA. He loves it WHEN HE IS RIGHT!:-) And he has made ANOTHER FORECAST, in foretelling that SOMEONE ELSE will also get a Dato' award in the not-too-distant future...
Lawyer Kampung: Blogger Sakmongkol is now Dato' Sakmongkol!: "Congrats to both blogging Dato' & Datin, bro Sak & sis Mamasita respectively.