ACTION will be taken against those who work with corrupt government officials to insert fake or unrecognised "Datuk" and "Datuk Seri" titles on the recipients' MyKad or passports, reported Utusan Malaysia.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the allegation needed to be checked first.
"If there is evidence that this has happened, we will definitely take action," he said.
The paper had earlier published a report of an unknown royal figure called "Maharaja Kinta" who had offered the titles and helped to include them in official identity documents of the recipients.
The report said those who wished to be awarded the titles were asked to pay between RM2,000 and RM5,000 (S$656 and S$1,641) as "charges" to allow the titles to be accepted by the National Registration Department (NRD).
Nur Jazlan said official honorifics that were given legally were not included in the person's MyKad.
"NRD does not include 'Tan Sri' or 'Datuk' in your MyKad. Certainly, fake and unrecognised titles should not be added to your name as well," he added.