‘Teh tarik’ poster creates royal storm in a teacup

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PETALING JAYA: A so-called “teh tarik” session featuring four crown princes has created a minor royal storm in a teacup, with the Selangor royal press office issuing a denial about any such thing.

A poster of the purported event was circulated yesterday, featuring images of the crown princes of Johor, Pahang and Selangor.

Questions were raised about whether it was fake, while some claimed it was an Umno event.

Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam, was among those who shared the poster. He said in a broadcast text message that he would be attending, and would also be at a “mega rally” against the Rome Statute on Saturday.

On the poster were images of the Raja Muda of Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin; the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim; and the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

The fourth prince was not featured, but the poster carried a teaser stating that those who wanted to know the identity of the fourth prince could find out by attending the event, supposedly to be held at 5.30pm tomorrow at Makhota Parade, Melaka.

Shortly afterwards, Lokman broadcast another text message, saying the event may not happen, and that he had come to know that the four princes were getting “all sorts of calls”.

It was possible that the palaces were upset in being linked with a rally against the Rome Statute, after tension arose between Putrajaya and royalty, causing the federal government to withdraw ratification of the treaty.

Earlier today, the Selangor Raja Muda’s office denied that Tengku Amir was part of the event and said his photographs had been used without the consent of the palace.

Tengku Amir’s private secretary, Saidatul Asyikin Muhammad Johar, urged the rakyat not to be easily influenced by false information. An image of the poster, with the word “palsu” (fake) across it, was posted on the Selangor Royal Office social media pages.

So far it is not known who was behind the purported tea party. Other media reports have alluded it to being an initiative by the princes themselves.

As of press time, Tunku Ismail has not responded to the matter, while Tengku Hassanal of Pahang is reported to have said he is not involved, according to a site called twentytwo13.com.

Johor’s Tunku Ismail has been vocal about the Rome Statute and has also been engaged in a war of words with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has had an icy relationship with the Johor royal house for decades.