PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin has asked the public not to pit him against the Johor Royal family after photos of him meeting the Sultan of Johor and the Johor Crown Prince emerged online.
The meeting between the Youth and Sports Minister and the Johor royals comes a day after Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar challenged Khairy and the SEA Games polo team to play against the Johor team.
Photos of Khairy and the royals were shared on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page and Khairy himself posted two photos of the visit on his Twitter page on Friday.
However, no explanation for the visit was revealed in either post.
One photo showed Khairy sitting with the two royals, and another shows Khairy presenting a team Malaysia polo shirt to Sultan Iskandar as a souvenir.
Khairy also tweeted that he had asked Tunku Ismail for his thoughts on the development of the nation's football team, and shared a photo with him and Tunku Ismail in conversation at a dining table.
"Please do not pit me against the Johor Royal family," tweeted Khairy on Friday.
He also cautioned the public to be respectful with their comments on social media.
Sultan Ibrahim's challenge comes after Malaysia's polo team, of which Khairy is a part of, defeated both Brunei and Singapore during the ongoing SEA Games matches.
Sultan Ibrahim in a statement on Thursday proposed that he would send two of his sons and two horse trainers, and might even take part in the match himself.
"Should my team lose, I will admit that the SEA Games team is represented by the best there is," he said.