No one made it to the sultan's birthday list in oil rich Terengganu state this year. Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is also the current Yang di Pertuan Agong, has decided that his birthday bash this year would be carried out “in moderation”. In contrast, the state government is coughing up RM3.43 million for 14 units of new Mercedes 200 Kompressor for their exco to replace their 4 year old Proton Perdana V6s. (Read Rocky's Bru and Tok Mommy's take on this, here and here). If HRH's decision had anything to do with this, only God knows.
When I was in the service, I used to pore over each royal birthday honours list in the hope of finding my name that the powers-that-be may have somehow neglected to inform me ... but no such luck. Although I served for almost three decades as a senior government servant and a pioneer in my line of work, a very grateful government failed to reward me even with a lowly PJK. Perhaps here my lawan taukeh stance during my long term involvement with the trade union movement may have something to do with this.
Nevertheless, I do get very pissed off every time I read about young people barely out of their teens whose only qualifications are that they are the sons and daughters of national leaders, mediocre businessmen and third rate politicians being awarded datukships and what have you. Perhaps I should be grateful just being addressed as "captain", thank you very much.