The Sultans & Governors of Malaysia
YANG DI-PERTUAN AGONG MALAYSIA XVI
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al-Wathiqu Billah Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj
YANG DI-PERTUAN BESAR NEGERI SEMBILAN DARUL KHUSUS
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus, Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawir
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Muhammad V
PADUKA SERI SULTAN PERAK DARUL RIDZUAN
Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah
SULTAN NEGERI KEDAH DARUL AMAN
Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah
Yang di-Pertua Negeri
YANG DI-PERTUA NEGERI SABAH
Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin
YANG DI-PERTUA NEGERI SARAWAK Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud
YANG DI-PERTUA NEGERI MELAKA
Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Seri Setia (Dr.) Hj. Mohd Ali bin Mohd Rustam
YANG DI-PERTUA NEGERI PULAU PINANG
Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Dato' Seri Utama Ahmad Fuzi bin Haji Abdul Razak
In Malaysia, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong grants federal title awards. Such titles are honorary and non-hereditary.
Tun has existed in the Malaysian society for hundreds of years. In ancient times, Tun was an honorific title used by noble people of royal lineage. Tun is a title inherited by the male descendants. Over time, the Tun title has become a title conferred by the Yang Di Pertuan Agong to the most deserving recipient who has highly contributed to the nation. Tun is the most senior federal title awarded to recipients. The title for the wife of a Tun is Toh Puan.
Tan Sri is the second most senior federal title and an honorific award.
The wife of a Tan Sri is called Puan Sri.
Datuk is a federal title that has been conferred since 1965. The wife of a federal Datuk is a Datin.
Please Note: A female conferred the title in her own right is formally known as “Datin Paduka” although the prefix “Datuk” is commonly used for women as well as men.
Individual states that have a head of state nominated by the respective state’s legislature may confer the title of ‘Datuk’ to individuals. However, this is different from the title “Dato”. The latter is awarded by individual states headed by a Sultan, and not a head of state nominated by the state legislature.
In Malaysia, the Ruler and Governor grants state title awards. Such titles are honorary and non-hereditary.
Dato’ Sri or Dato’ Seri is the highest state title conferred by the Ruler on the most deserving recipients who have contributed greatly to the nation or state. It ranks below the federal title Tun and is an honour equivalent to federal title Tan Sri. The wife of a recipient is Datin Sri.
Some rulers grant awards which carry highest titles unique to that state, such as Dato’ Sri Utama of the state of Negeri Sembilan.
Women holders of Dato’ Seri or its derivative would be called Datin Paduka Seri.
Datuk Seri is the most senior state title conferred only by the governor to the most deserving recipient who has highly contributed to the nation or state.
Please Note: Dato’ Sri and Datuk Seri can be confused and Malaysia media and press may address Dato’ Sri titleholders as Datuk Seri.
Women who have been awarded the title of Datuk Seri may use its feminine title of Datin Paduka Seri.
Dato’ is the most common title awarded in Malaysia. The wife of a Dato’ is a Datin, except in Terengganu where they are known as To’ Puan (not to be confused with Toh Puan, the wife of a non-hereditary Tun).
Dato’ may only be conferred by a hereditary royal ruler of one of the nine Malay states. The wife of a hereditary Dato’ is addressed by courtesy as To’ Puan.
Female Dato’s are called Datin Paduka as she is bestowed the title on her own right while her husband will not receive a title
This title is mainly used in Brunei and Sarawak.
JP or Justice of Peace rank below all Dato’ or Datuk.
In Malaysia, Justices of the Peace have largely been replaced in magistrates’ courts by legally-qualified stipendiary magistrates, however, state governments continue to appoint Justices of the Peace as honours.