My father and I being monitored, says Johor crown prince

Johor’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Johor’s outspoken crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has revealed that he and his father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, are being monitored over their vocal comments on social media.

He said there were cyber troopers “planted” on their personal and official Facebook pages, “waiting in case there is something that does not go down well with certain higher ups”.

Tunku Ismail, better known by the initials TMJ (Tunku Mahkota Johor), said it was “not nice” that people were still being spied on despite the change of government.

“I know the former government used this, but this is supposed to be Malaysia Baru – it is no place for such practices any longer,” he wrote in a Facebook post tonight.

He said he was against the idea of spying on the people unless it was related to national security.

“When it comes to national security, I think it is something we need, but these same devices should not be used by individuals for personal gain,” he said, adding that he had been recently offered to acquire Israeli-made spying devices.

A month before the May general election, TMJ launched a veiled attack on Dr Mahathir Mohamad, urging Johoreans to not support a leader who had stripped the rulers of their power, a reference to the constitutional amendments during Mahathir’s previous rule in the 1990s.

“Don’t change the boat if the engine is not broken, don’t even change the skipper but allow HM The Sultan of Johor and I to work with the skipper,” TMJ wrote last April, saying problems faced by Umno could be solved through the palace’s intervention.

TMJ today said he would continue to speak out “because I care for Johor and its people”.

“I will not stand still if there are certain parties trying to take advantage of the people of Johor or break this unique unity we have.

“Let me be clear, I have nothing against the government. Johor has always had the policy of supporting the ruling government. That said, we will give our support when the right things are done. Yet we will not be silent when wrongs are being committed,” he said.