The actor was conferred with Panglima Mahkota Wilayah, a royal title, along with 71 other recipients who will now carry the title of Datuk before their names.
The honorary ceremony took place in Istana Negara where the Sultan of Kedah and also the Supreme Head of Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, awarded the titles and medals.
Chan has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in over 150 films. He has earned a prominent spot not only in Asia, but the world over, rightly deserving of his own stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor explained to the Malaysians questioning Chan’s datukship by saying that Chan is an actor with many fans in Malaysia and can promote Malaysia especially Kuala Lumpur and is deserving.
Jackie Chan is not the only foreign actor who has been honoured with a royal title by the Sultan of Malaysia. In the year 2008, Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan too was conferred a Datuk upon the request of the state of Malacca’s governor, Mohammad Khalil Yaakob.