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Association welcomes NRD's prohibition of hereditary titles use at will
KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu Al-Amin Association, which takes care of the 'Syed' community, today welcomed the move by the National Registration Department (NRD) to prohibit the use of hereditary titles at will by anyone.
Its president, Engku Mohd Afandi Engku Dalam Ahmad, said the reason being that there had been cases of people using hereditary titles even if they were not entitled to.
Citing the case of the 'Syed' community, he said the female in the community, whose name would begin with 'Syarifah', could only use the title "Syed' for her son if she married a "Syed".
Otherwise, the Syed lineage will end with her, he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Engku Mohd Afandi said action should be taken NRD against those who used hereditary titles without the department's permission.
Yesterday, NRD Director-General Datuk Jariah Mohd Said said hereditary titles could not be used at will by anybody, but must be based on rules set by the department.
She said titles like Tunku, Tengku, Raja, Wan and Megat could only be used by qualified individuals and that the use of lineage titles was linked to the father's and the status of the child at birth. -- BERNAMA