UPDATE: Is that Datuk Jackie Chan? Star turns up in person to get award
UPDATE (Feb 2): It's not a stunt.
Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan surprised many - including the media - when he turned up to receive his Datukship in the flesh yesterday (Feb 1).
When the name Chan Song Kang was announced, many among the audience and recipients were startled to see the star, who was seated in front, walk up to the dais.
He received the award from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah in conjunction with Federal Territory Day.
The 60-year-old actor-director’s birth name is actually Chan Kong-sang while his stage name is Seng Lung (Cantonese) or Chen Long (Mandarin).
Some of the surprised guests were heard murmuring: “Is that Jackie Chan?”
Dressed in a songkok and black suit and wearing black-rimmed glasses, Chan later posed for pictures on the palace stairs.
He also took pictures with several people, including Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who uploaded the shot on his social media acount.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said Chan was an actor with many fans in the country.
The star “can promote Malaysia - especially Kuala Lumpur - and is deserving (of the award)”, he added.
Sources: Star Online, Twitter
Feb 1: Action superstar Jackie Chan is now a Datuk.
The Hong Kong-born star will be among 356 award and medal recipients who are conferred the honours in conjunction with Malaysia's Federal Territories Day today.
He is among the 71 people getting the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah, carrying the title Datuk.
You may call him... Datuk Jackie Chan. Photo: The Star
The Hollywood actor is a household name in Asia - and some say internationally too.
He was named an official "Narcotics Control Ambassador" by Chinese police in 2009, BBC News reported.
His son Jaycee made headlines after being jailed six months for drug offences last month.
Chan had apologised over his son's arrest on the drug-related charges last August, saying on his official Weibo account that he feels "ashamed" and "sad".
Sources: Star Online, BBC News