- only covers Malaysians – therefore Shah Rukh Khan’s 2008 Datukship from the Melaka state government won’t be counted;
- only covers persons who’re primarily associated with the entertainment industry, not crossovers.
- Jins Shamsuddin (b. 1935): in 2007. In 1990, he was awarded a Datukship by the Perak state government.
- P Ramlee (1929 – 1973) : in 1990, 17 year after he died. While he was alive, he received an AMN in 1962. In fact, his full title has become quite a mouthful throughout the years, currently being “Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr”
- SM Salim: in 2001, the second person in Malaysia’s entertainment industry to receive such an honour.
Datuk Seri / Dato’ Seri
- Michelle Yeoh (b. 1963): by the Perak state government in 2012. She first became a Datuk in 2001, when she was awarded a lower-ranked Datukship (no “Seri”) by the same state government.
Datuk / Dato’
- AC Mizal: in 2011
- Ahmad Daud (1932-2003): in 1992
- Ahmad Jais (1936 – 2011): in 2006
- Ahmad Nawab (b. 1933)
- A. Rahman Hassan
- Aziz Sattar (b. 1925): in 2007
- Deddy M Borhan
- DJ Dave
- Eizlan Yusof: in 2011
- Fazley Yaakob: in 2011
- Hattan: in 2012
- Jamil Sulong (b. 1926): film director
- John Gaisah (1955 – 1981) : by the Sabah state government in 2012, 31 years after he died.
- Justin Stimol: by the Sabah state government in 2011.
- Kathy Ibrahim
- M Daud Kilau (b. 1938): by the Perak state government in 1991
- M Nasir: in 2011
- MY Ahmad (Sabah)
- MY Ismail (Sabah)
- Pat Michael: by the Sabah state government
- Peter Pragas (Sabah)
- Ramli MS: in 2011
- S Roomai Noor ( – 1996)
- Sarimah Ahmad (b. 1942) [actress]
- Sharifah Aini (b. 1953): Datuk by the Federal government in 2003.
- Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad (Dato’ Shake): Datuk by the Johor state government in 1979, when he was 29. He’s probably the second youngest Malaysian entertainer to become a Datuk, after Siti Nurhaliza.
- Sheila Majid (b. 1965): in 2008
- Siti Nurhaliza: Datuk by the Pahang state government in 2006, when she was 27. She’s probably the youngest ever Malaysian entertainer to become a Datuk.
- Sudirman Arshad (1954 – 1992) : Datuk by the Pahang state government in 2009, 17 years after he died.
- Yusni Hamid
- Yusof Haslam (b. 1954): in 2001
Notable omissions – based on how long they’ve been around (at least 30 years) and their level of fame during their heydays, I suppose that they should’ve been at least Datuks by now:
A. R. Badul (b. 1949)
Hussein Abu Hassan (1937-2007)
Kasma Booty (1932 – 2007)
Noorkumalasari (b. 1956)
Siput Sarawak (1921-1999)