Johor prince mounts counter-attack on Malaysian minister

Johor prince mounts counter-attack on Malaysian minister
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (centre).

PETALING JAYA - The Johor Crown Prince has hit back at Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz again, this time with words and not just gestures.

In a post on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page yesterday, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said the Tourism and Culture Minister should not think the people existed to provide him with position and wealth, but that the position existed for him to serve the people.

He reminded Nazri that "he is not a God from the heavens who lords above everybody".

"When I voice out, I do it as the leader of my rakyat, on behalf of Johoreans and Malaysians.

"All I did was to remind the leaders of the country that they have a responsibility to serve the people and for this, I am attacked," said Tunku Ismail.

He said that as a Johor prince, he saw a future where everyone had the right to voice their opi­nion, but that was not the case in Malaysia today.

"I am not a politician. I am only answerable to Allah, my Sultan and the people of Johor. I do not do the bidding of some puppet master who pulls the strings."

Tunku Ismail also said he never told anybody to step down or resign, and only reminded po­­liticians of their responsibilities.

"If you cannot deal with that, it just shows your arrogance to the people.

"Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed with a comfortable life and I can just be oblivious to the worries of my people but here I am, standing firm by their side.

"So, for those wanting to tarnish my image and make me public enemy number one, the people are smarter than that and they can think for themselves."

He urged politicians not to use him to divert attention from 1MDB and other national issues.

He has received support from many Johor folk. It is learnt that some NGOs are planning a gather­ing to show support for him, likely to be held at 4pm today.

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