TMJ: I’m no coward

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PETALING JAYA: “I don’t hide behind computers or only write in Facebook and I am certainly not a coward, throwing stones and then running away.”

This was what the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim had to say following his recent meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak, where the two discussed the political situation and other issues in the country.

In an interview posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page, Tunku Ismail said during the meeting, he had voiced the concerns of the rakyat.

He said when he had a problem, he could discuss the problem and handle it like a gentleman, rather than take to the keyboard.

“I like to be direct and tackle problems that I have immediately.

“When I have a problem, I voice it out, explain my concerns and discuss how it should be handled and also share my views on it.”

He said he had also voiced his opinion on giving talented youths a bigger role in developing the nation.

Tunku Ismail said he did not believe in hiding problems like “certain leaders” who just wanted free holidays or lobbied for projects, and that whatever he did, he did for the nation.

“I will continue to speak out and give my views to the leaders of this country for the benefit of the Johorean people.”

He said during the meeting, Najib also shared his own views and opinions with him.

Last week, it was reported that Tunku Ismail had tea with Najib at the latter’s official residence in Putrajaya.

On a separate matter, Tunku Ismail said he was very disappointed with the number of fans coming to the stadium to watch matches involving his Johor Darul Ta’zim, which he helms.

He said he was very disheartened with the attitude of fans and said they should do their part as fans and not just attend the big matches.