Hah!!! No matter how many times I think I won't be surprised, I surprise myself when I am.
No, Stephen hasn't received any Datukship for me to inherit the Datin title. Stay with me here.
For some time now, I have observed that people love it when you call them "Datuk" or "Datin". It has become an invisible but immediate elevation of their self-esteem. I wonder if it's because they had a low self-esteem to start with.
Anyway, this reminds me of two stories:-
Recently, I heard that a non-Malaysian couple had dinner with a Malaysian couple. After introductions, the nice non-Malaysian lady leaned to the Malaysian lady and said, "No need to call me Mrs Doe, I'm Jane to everyone". To this, the Malaysian lady sweetly replied, "and you can call me, Datin". Go figure that out!
Another story, which I also heard, is about a Malaysian Delegation that went to Peru in 1996. There was an announcement, upon their arrival at the airport. On the PA system, they were paging for a Mr Tan! "Mr Tan, please go to information counter. Mr Tan! Mr Tan!" No one responded because the Mr Tan, they were referring to, was a Tan Sri so and so. Go figure, again!
If you are my friend, you'll be the same friend to me, with or without your Tan Sri/Puan Sri/Datuk/Datin title. So if you are one of those people who insist on being known by your title, I have this to say to you
(all pics from photobucket)