PETALING JAYA: A PPBM Supreme Council member today advised a member of the royal family from the “southernmost point of the peninsula” to conduct himself in line with the Malay culture when championing the people’s welfare.
Tariq Ismail said this was so they could avoid being labelled as arrogant.
He said while being courageous and outspoken are laudable traits in a leader, it needed to be balanced with the type of compassion the Malay community is known for.
“Otherwise, outspokenness becomes arrogance while courage becomes boastfulness,” he said in a Facebook post.
While Tariq did not specify who he was referring to, it is believed he was alluding to the Johor royal family, which was involved in a spat with Putrajaya recently over several issues, including the government’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statue and the selection of a new menteri besar.
On May 5, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had slammed Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, as “stupid” and called him a “small boy” after the latter claimed that many deeds by his father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, had not been publicised.
Today Tariq said that the royalty is not infallible, but the Malay community was prepared to forgive their “unsavoury traits and deeds” as long as it “did not cross the line”, adding that in the era of social media, their every move was being scrutinised.
“Every word will be interpreted in a thousand ways and could indirectly tarnish the beauty of the Malay civilisation all because a member of the royalty went rogue.”
Tariq went on to say that the rakyat were not obliged to “lower their dignity” in order to increase the stature of a Sultan or king.
“As the adage goes, ‘respect is earned’.”