Special title for Malaysian Indian doctor

April 8th, 2009 - 11:42 am ICT by IANS  

Kuala Lumpur, April 8 (IANS) Malaysian Indian anaesthesiologist Subrahmanyam Balan is among this year’s recipients of the traditional title announced in conjunction with the Sultan of Johor’s birthday Wednesday.
Serving at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru, Balan is the sole recipient of the Darjah Mahkota Johor Yang Amat Mulia Pangkat Pertama Datuk Seri Paduka Mahkota Johor (SPMJ), which carries the title “Datuk” that is akin to the British knighthood, The Star newspaper reported.

Traditional Malaysian titles are conferred annually by the country’s royal chiefs on their birthdays and cover people from all walks of life.

Ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamils who came here during the British era, form eight percent of Malaysia’s 28 million population.

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