TMJ: Whether I’m clobbered matters little, I’ll continue to speak out

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim says he speaks out so that the people would know the truth. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today brushed off remarks by “a certain writer” who said straying into the political area will put him and his family at risk of being clobbered and their status lowered.

Tunku Ismail, better known as Tengku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), was believed to be referring to the blog post by veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin.

“It seems that my speaking out has ruffled some feathers yet again. I have heard these words before. Whether we are whacked or clobbered matters little to me.

“What does matter to me are my people. My status comes from my service to the rakyat – and I consider speaking the truth as one of my duties,” Tunku Ismail said in a Facebook post.

He said a man’s true status was not determined by the title he held but how he was viewed by his people.

“My status can only be ‘lowered’ once I have failed in my service to them – and in that regard, I believe I have not.

“To this writer, I say, do not concern yourself with my ‘status’ – I will be just fine,” he said.

Tunku Ismail then addressed another point Kadir had raised, in that the former should accept the fact that he was being monitored, “simply because I am active online”.

“He compares it to himself, and says that for the sake of his ego, he would love to be monitored – it means that people read what he writes.

“Well Mr Writer, perhaps when you write for the betterment of the country, you will get more readers.

“I have no wish to stroke my ego with my writing. Again, I do not speak for myself – I speak so that the rakyat know the truth. We must speak out when a wrong is being committed,” he said.

The crown prince pointed out that this was not a simple case of reading what was written on his Facebook page, but the monitoring of his personal phones, emails and private communication.

“I doubt that this ‘writer’ would appreciate being placed under the same scrutiny. If even I, as a member of the royal family can be spied on, what more the ordinary citizens of Malaysia?” he asked.

Tunku Ismail stressed that he was not speaking out against the government and that Johor’s policy was to support those running the country.

“However, we cannot take this for granted. We must always be vigilant and speak out when a wrong has been committed.

“My words have not always been easy to swallow. But I have always had the country’s best interest in mind. Malaysia Baru will need more leaders who are not afraid to speak the truth. It is the only way to avoid our past mistakes.

“I pray that we can all move forward to a better Malaysia,” he added.