Kedah PAS leader hits out at Mukhriz over Sultan handshake snub

Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir bypassing the Johor Sultan to shake hands with the King during the wake for the late Pahang sultan.

GEORGE TOWN: Kedah opposition leader Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor today said Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir ought to have extended his hand to shake the hands of Johor royalty at the wake of the late Pahang sultan recently.

This was after a video by Twitter user Friends of Johor showed Mukhriz skipping greeting the Johor royalty lining up at the wake of the late Pahang sultan, going instead straight to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to pay his obeisance (rafak sembah).

Sanusi of PAS said that based on the video, he observed that the Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was looking elsewhere when Mukhriz came near.

He said regardless, it was only right for people to acknowledge the Malay rulers and to offer to shake their hands.

“Of course, even if a person has looked away, you ought to extend your hand to greet them. Not nice to skip them altogether.

“But if the royals don’t want to shake hands with you, despite your hand being stretched out, then it is okay. At least you would have tried. That way it is ‘cukup adat’, you’d have done your part,” he told FMT.

Yesterday, dignitaries and royal members joined thousands to pay their last respects to the late Sultan Ahmad Shah at Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan, Pahang.

It was also where Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad met and exchanged pleasantries.

Earlier this year, Sultan Ibrahim had driven Mahathir to the Senai airport in a first edition Proton Saga.

However, the gloves were off for the PM when Tunku Ismail’s criticisms were met with “stupid” and “little boy” comments by the elder statesman.

When contacted, Mukhriz’s office refused to comment.