Khir Toyo surrenders Datuk Seri title

(The Star) – Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has written to the palace stating that he wished to surrender his “Datuk Seri” title in view of him being charged for graft.

The policy for title-holders to surrender their titles if charged in court was made during his tenure as MB, he told The Star when contacted Wednesday.

“Given this, it is the right and honorable thing for me to return the title to the palace.

“I wrote a letter to the palace on this matter last month,” he added.

Dr Mohd Khir, however, in his blog posting, said that he was surrending the titles “temporarily”, pending the disposal of his graft trial.

Dr Mohd Khir, 45, was charged on Dec 6 in the Sessions Court here with accepting two plots of land in Section 7 here for RM3.5mil, when the said lots were bought by Ditamas Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Shamsuddin Haryoni for RM6.5mil.

Shamsuddin, 52, was also charged with abetting in the deal of the property on May 29, 2007.