TTF: Pakatan Harapan politicians are not very happy with the Crown Prince of Johor.
According to them, the Crown Prince should not comment on the status of the Prime Minister as the former is not an ordinary citizen.
Frankly, that’s true.
Tunku Ismail is the heir to the Throne of Johor and most certainly isn’t your everyday, run-off-the-mill Joe.
Whatever he says or does can and will impact on the people’s conscience.
However, Mahathir too was a person of stature prior to the 14th general election when he demanded that Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak be removed from government.
As in the case of TMJ, he too impacted on the people’s conscience with whatever he said or did.
Yet, when asked, he told reporters that the Federal Constitution of Malaysia gave him the right to criticise government and make demands as a “citizen” of the country.
It follows, that if a man who served for 22 years as Prime Minister and wielded considerable influence over public opinion could claim himself to be an ordinary citizen, there is no reason why the heir to the throne of Johor cannot claim himself to be an ordinary citizen.
Besides, Mahathir himself told a press conference in April that the Crown Prince of Johor was entitled to criticise government as he was an “ordinary citizen” of Malaysia.
So what are all these PH leaders fussing about?
KUALA LUMPUR: The Johor Crown Prince should not interfere with the country’s administration, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.
He said Malaysians want the country to be governed by the Federal Constitution, and reminded Tengku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim that Malaysia is a democratic country.
“Those who disagree with the administration’s (approach) should do some studying.
“(The Crown Prince) is a young man, he must learn from history,” he told reporters here, today.
Redzuan said this when asked to comment on testy exchanges between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tunku Ismail over issues related to the state of Johor, the federal government and the monarchy.
The Alor Gajah Member of Parliament said it is a “waste of time” to react to someone who is “less knowledgeable” on the government’s direction for the people.
“He must know where he stands as a royal. Understand the meaning of ‘constitutional monarchy’,” added Redzuan.