Malaysian Indian vocalist David Arumugam now a DatukFebruary 13th, 2009 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 13 (IANS) Ethnic Indian David Arumugam, the lead vocalist of Malaysian pop group Alleycats, is now a Datuk, the Malaysian equivalent of a British knight. The award was conferred by the Sultan of Pahang state.
Following the ceremony Thursday, Arumugam told his fans “terima kasih” (thank you).
The honour comes a few months after Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan became the first foreign actor to be conferred Datukship by the Sultan of Malacca.
He was conferred the traditional title akin to the British knighthood, Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP), by Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar.
Arumugam, 59, whose real name is Thiagarajan K.R. Arumugam, has been a pop singer for four decades, The Star said.
He was in the company of 66 other awardees, including singer Khatija Ibrahim.
His mother Meenambal Arumugam, wife Sabrina Clyde and mother-in-law Joyce Clyde attended the ceremony, reported the official news agency Bernama.