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TMJ: Johor has every right to secede if terms are breached

 | October 16, 2015

Crown prince says people must know that the mess the country is in now has nothing whatsoever to do with the Johor royal family.

TMJPETALING JAYA: Johor has every right to secede from Malaysia if Putrajaya breaches any one of the terms of the Federation of Malaysia agreement, said the Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

The Crown Prince said this during an interview with the local football portal FourthOfficial, when asked if he ever thought that his “state-based sentiments” had the potential to divide the people on a national scale.

“I am going to be the future Sultan of this state and my main responsibility goes towards the people of Johor. Malaysia is important to me, but Johor and JDT will always come first.

He also explained that Johor only agreed to be a part of the Federation of Malaysia provided “several basic terms” were fulfilled and added, “And if any one of those terms are breached, we have every right to secede from this country.”

Expressing his strong sense of duty to the people of Johor first and foremost, he said, “You can accuse me of instigating state-based sentiments, but to me, I’m merely doing my duty to the people of Johor, and reminding them of the history and heritage behind this great land.”

He also said it was important that everyone was aware that the current political and economic maelstrom in the country was not of the Johor royalty’s doing.

“People deserve to know, that the mess we have in the country right now, should in no way be associated to the Johor royal family. Over the years, we’ve always been strong and independent as well as resourceful.”

Talk of secession first surfaced in June when the crown prince’s brother, Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim, posted a reminder to Putrajaya over Instagram that the Johor government had joined the Federation of Malaysia on the conditions Islam be declared the religion of the state; that the state have absolute right over water and land issues; and that the state royal house has its own armed forces.

Tunku Ismail himself has been a vocal critic of the government, having commented on Prime Minister Najib Razak’s absence from the Nothing2Hide Forum in June, which later led to him crossing swords with Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz.


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