The Malaysian equivalent ofÂ knighthood is â€œDatukâ€ â€“ which is also theÂ Malay word for â€˜progenitorâ€™ or â€˜ancestorâ€™ according to Google Translate. In common parlance, my Dad received his Datukship five months ago when Emily was born. Technically my Mum too, although Iâ€™m not sure if Datukship is only for the men or not, but certainly they are both â€˜progenitorsâ€™ of Emily!
Was amused when Aunty Maria pointed it out. Expect my folks will get the joke made to them a fair few more times in the weeks and months ahead!
Update: My Dad has not been ‘awarded’ a Datukship. He became a Datuk when Emily was born – i.e. he became a grandpa. Apparently this wasn’t clear!!