New 'Datuk' Jackie Chan to go places

Proud star: Chan posing for cameras after receiving his Datukship.

Jackie Chan is not only proud of his "datukship", but is pleased that he is loved by Malaysians of all races.

"I know a lot of artistes have only Chinese fans here in Malaysia.

"But I am special - I have Indian and Malay fans, too," he told China Press.

"When I am here, they treat me like I am a Malaysian. I like bak kut teh.

"But the most important of all, I have a lot of good friends here, so I like this place," he said at the Subang airport before boarding a private jet after Sunday's investiture ceremony at Istana Negara.

Chan received his award from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah in conjunction with Federal Territory Day.

The 60-year-old superstar, who believed he was the first Hong Kong artiste to receive the award, also pledged to continue contributing to society.

"I am really honoured with the award from Malaysia.

"I have done a lot of work in the country, but I have never thought of getting any reward.

"If I have a chance, I will go to every part of South-East Asia that needs me," the star of movies such as Police Story, Aces Go Places and Drunken Master said.

The veteran actor-director also thanked the Malaysian Government and the people for their love and support.

After the interview, the friendly star posed for photos with his fans who were surprised to see him at the airport.

Compiled by Ng Si Hooi, P. Aruna, and R. Aravinthan


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