This is a friend of my daughter:
She gave him a name: Captain Cook. Now we know that she remembers something from her school in New Zealand. He often comes to have lunch with us.
We try to treat him with respect. After all, he has a title — a captain. Titles are a big deal in Malaysia. I have a PhD, so everyone here calls me doctor Vlad, or simply, doctor. They never just call me Vlad. I have probably offended many people by forgetting to add ‘doctor’, ‘engineer’, etc before their names. Sorry for that. A degree or qualification here does not simply indicates what you do. First of all it shows your status.
So, if tomorrow morning we see our daughter’s friend, we’ll probably say to him: Good morning, captain. How are you? Would you like to join us for breakfast?