Shed your royal status and join politics full time, TMJ told

PETALING JAYA: A staunch loyalist of Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to join politics full time if the Johor crown prince wanted to issue politically charged statements.

Khairuddin Abu Hassan said TMJ, who frequently takes to the social media to comment on current affairs and politics, should emulate Umno veterans Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar who were prepared to shed their royal status by becoming full time politicians.

Tengku Razaleigh is connected to the Kelantan royal family while Tengku Azlan is the brother of the current Pahang sultan.

“Tuanku should not remain on the throne and seek to take cover behind the constitution, where ordinary people can be subjected to legal action if they hit back at your claims,” said Khairuddin, who was arrested three years ago for reporting the 1MDB scandal to foreign authorities.

A month before the May general election, TMJ launched a veiled attack on Mahathir, urging Johoreans not to support the PPBM chairman.

TMJ has since made several comments critical of current ruling politicians.

Khairuddin said politically charged statements by the prince could affect the people’s respect towards the royal institution.

“You are very intelligent and perhaps highly educated. Have you forgotten that we practise the constitutional monarchy system which bars Malay rulers from taking part in politics?” he asked.