KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government, to date, have not received any official information from the Kelantan palace on the divorce of Sultan Muhammad V from his wife Rihana Oksana Gorbatenko, 27, as reported in several media today.
Kelantan deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said that the state government had also no intention to obtain further information on the matter.
‘’The issue of marriage and divorce is an ordinary thing in life and do not need to be enlarged or used as the main topic of a newspaper.
‘’I am astonished when the issue is turned into front-page reports of several major newspapers. What is the aim of doing so…we fear that there may be a hidden agenda behind the action because this matter involves a Sultan,’’ he said.
He said this to reporters after an executive council meeting at the Kota Darul Iman Complex here today.
Mohd Amar said: “The Sultan is akin to our mother and father, thus we must give due respect like we give due respect to the Prime Minister. Not agreeing (with them) is another story but the respect must be there,” he said.
The New Straits Times published a front-page report today on Sultan Muhamad V reportedly having divorced Rihana Oksana, a Russian beauty queen.
On people who misuse royal titles
In the meantime, Mohd Amar said that the Kelantan government had not received any directive to act against certain quarters or individuals who abused the titles from the palace.
Yesterday, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Nik Mohd Shafriman Nik Hassan said in a statement that no person could be referred to as the Permaisuri of Kelantan, Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Sultanah Kelantan or the Queen of Kelantan without any official announcement from the palace.
The official statement also announced that Sultan Muhammad’s brother Tengku Dr Muhammad Fa-iz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra is the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan while Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid bears the title Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis.