4 May 2019
JOHOR BARU: Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim (pic) claims that the Johor royal family is a victim of character assassination and being unfairly criticised over the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the Johor Crown Prince claimed that many of Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s noble deeds were not brought to the attention of the public.
He first re-tweeted Sultan Ibrahim’s statement about handing over a plot of land in Bukit Chagar to the government without any cost if it is involved in the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.
“How much land has the Johor Sultan given to the people and the government until now? Millions have been given to the government. His Majesty managed to settle the government’s debt in his second year as sultan. How many millions were given to foundations? News of his good deeds were not publicised,” he tweeted.
Tunku Ismail listed the example of the Rumah Impian Bangsa Johor, an affordable housing program here, where the land in Bandar Dato Onn and in Mersing were donated and developed by the Johor Sultan.
“Land for mosques and temples. People going to Haj pilgrims? Thousands were aided by His Majesty. Donations to hospitals. No news,” he added in another tweet.
Tunku Ismail then added that “only the ‘bad news’ was brought to the public’s attention”.
When another Twitter user asked where the “millions” came from, the Johor Crown Prince said that said that the royal family had been involved in various businesses since 1897, and their allowances (as provided by the state) were donated to various foundations.
He said there was “no news” of these deeds and added: “We are living in a world of perception. This is what you call character assassination.”
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today alluded to efforts to “finish off” the royalty which he alleged were being plotted by a “Kadir”
“Kadir, I know about the meeting in Menara Ilham. Please proceed.
“But like I said before, if you want to finish us, you must finish us completely. You can’t do it halfway or 50 percent. You must go all out 110 percent,” the prince tweeted today.
He added they should resolve the people’s problems while they are at it.
While he did not clearly spell out who “Kadir” was, this is believed to refer to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s media adviser A Kadir Jasin.
Menara Ilham is where fellow Mahathir strongman Daim Zainuddin is based, and Kadir was often there when the Council of Eminent Persons headed by Daim was meeting.
Tunku Ismail’s comments come as the Johor royal family faces scrutiny over a land issueinvolving the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS).
Apart from the 4.5-hectare Bukit Chagar land, another 2.4-hectare plot to be used for the RTS project is also under the Johor sultan’s ownership.
Collectively, they would cost the government RM693.7 million in compensation to the Johor ruler, which amounts to about 13 percent of the overall project cost.
The land referred to by the Johor sultan is the 4.5-hectare Lot PTB 23354 which would have cost the government RM495.3 million.
No mention was made about the 2.4-hectare Lot 45419, which will cost the government RM198.4 million.
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today lamented that the good his father Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had done, including giving up many lands to the people and government, was not highlighted.
This was following revelations that the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) was stalled due to cost spike as a result of land intended for the project ending up in the hands of the Johor ruler, which would require heavy compensation.
Sultan Ibrahim had since said that he was prepared to surrender one of the lands involved in Bukit Chagar without cost.
“How many lands belonging to the Johor Sultan have been given to the people and government since before?
“The millions that were given to the government? The Johor sultan helped solve the government’s debt two years after he ascended to the throne.
“How many millions that were given to (charitable) foundations? But the good is not highlighted,” Tunku Ismail said in a Twitter post.
4 January 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Crown Prince of Johor or TMJ ‘does not understand the concept of Federation’.
The Prime Minister said this following Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s persistent barbs against the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.
“He does not understand the Federation. Perhaps this is because he hadn’t been born yet at the time so he does not know, but I was.
“The (concept of) Federation means that it has power over the entire country and we can’t say this and that can’t be done,” said Dr Mahathir during a press conference after chairing the PH presidential council, here, today.
“We have a list of what is under the state and Federation (federal government’s) powers respectively.
“But nowhere is it stated in the Federation that the federal government cannot comment when the state makes a statement,” he added.
Asked on the Johor sultanate’s acceptance of his leadership, Dr Mahathir merely said that “he (Tunku Ismail) does not not hold any posts.”
TMJ has sparred with the federal government on numerous issues such as water and land entitlement.
Putrajaya’s recent insistence that Pulau Kukup, a pristine wetland and Ramsar site, must remain as a gazetted national park also heightened the disagreements.
The BN state government had previously approved a move to re-gazette the island in Johor as sultanate land instead.
According to Johor’s Sultanate Land Enactment, any property gazetted under it belongs to the Sultan.
Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had said that Pulau Kukup would be gazetted as both sultanate land and a national park under the Johor National Parks Corporation Enactment 1989.
Recently Tunku Ismail also reminded the PH government to “stop politicising issues” and focus on running the country.
Tunku Ismail said he was even willing to be “public enemy No. 1” in his desire to act as a check-and-balance for the government.
JOHOR Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has vowed to “keep speaking up” for the people in 2019 against the federal government’s weaknesses and mistakes, even if it makes him “public enemy No. 1”.
The vocal royal did not name Pakatan Harapan but referred to it by saying he really wanted the government to be succeed, to cease its internal fighting and to start governing.
“I’m sorry. I really want the government to be successful. I wake up everyday hoping to be wrong. But, they keep proving me right.
“Please… Please start Governing. Please stop fighting amongst each other, Please stop politicising every issue,” he said on his Facebook page.
Tunku Ismail said he had spoken up against the Barisan Nasional government when it was in power and made mistakes and would do the same now.
“No difference. Just wanting the best for the people. Some may not like what I say but that’s the challenge. To keep speaking up for the rakyat who can’t.
“Let me be public enemy No. 1 if I have to be.”
Tunku Ismail acknowledged that the government sometimes made mistakes and urged Putrajaya to “get it right” in 2019.
“Sometimes I get it wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. For the mistakes that I’ve made, I’m sorry. I think we all should reflect on 2018 and be sorry for the wrongs.
“Well it’s 2019, let’s get it right now. Let’s politicise less. Let’s popularise less over social media. Let’s make better decisions. Let’s cooperate and accept each other’s space and duty. Let’s serve the people and deliver the best for our country.”
8 December 2018
7 December 2018
3 October 2018
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s lawyers have denied that their client’s Twitter posting on Monday was aimed at Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
This was conveyed through a legal letter to Malaysiakini from law firm Shukor Baljit & Partners yesterday.
“We refer to the publication of the article which conveyed the unjustified impression that our client had directed his Twitter message to Syed Saddiq when the Twitter message itself made no such mention.
“Our client instructs us that you have recklessly referred to the news portal Free Malaysia Today to convey the conclusion as to the following without regard to the truth or without obtaining clarification from our client:
1) That the Twitter message was directed at a specific person named in your article.
2) That the object of the article was to ridicule the named person in response to the latter’s Facebook message in respect of Tun Dr Mahathir, the prime minister of Malaysia.
3) The Twitter message is part of a series of attack, or hitting out against Tun Dr Mahathir, the prime minister of Malaysia.
“We are instructed to state that the publication of the article was made based on conjecture and surmise in as much as it is made in an irresponsible manner and that the article is defamatory to our client. Our client categorically states that the Twitter message was not intended to the person stated in your article,” read the letter.
Malaysiakini wishes to apologise to Tunku Ismail for linking his Twitter message to Syed Saddiq in the article titled “You were still in your mother’s belly, kid” when the crown prince did not state who he was referring to.
2 October 2018
1 October 2018
PETALING JAYA: An article penned by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman praising Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a “perfectionist” has not gone down well with the Johor crown prince, who delivered a veiled jibe on Twitter suggesting that the PPBM Youth chief was too young to understand the prime minister.
“Perfectionist? It’s either you’re delusional or obsessed,” Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, better known as TMJ (Tengku Mahkota Johor), said on his Twitter.
This comes just a day after Saddiq, 25, who is also the Muar MP, wrote a glowing tribute to Mahathir, praising the veteran leader as meticulous and “master of his own work”.
“I can only wish that I will be like him one day, insha Allah,” wrote the youth and sports minister, the youngest Cabinet member of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
TMJ was sharp in his response, although he did not name his target.
“You were still in your mother’s belly, kid. Do some research,” the outspoken crown prince, who has taken on both Barisan Nasional (BN) and PH politicians in the past, wrote on Twitter.
TMJ had also hit out at Mahathir a month before the general election in May, recalling the conflict between his late grandfather, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, and Mahathir when the latter led the BN government as the fourth prime minister.
“Don’t change the boat if the engine is not broken, don’t even change the skipper but allow HM The Sultan of Johor and I to work with the skipper,” he wrote in April, saying problems faced by Umno could be solved through the palace’s intervention.
21 August 2018
Johor Sultan furious over fake news about him urging people to avoid Pribumi
Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018
JOHOR BARU: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is furious over fake news about him on social media asking people to avoid Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
His Majesty issued the statement on his official Facebook page on Tuesday (Aug 21) after a report entitled: “Sultan Johor urges everyone to stay away from PPBM” was widely shared.
The report was first carried by a news portal on April 17, but it is now making its round on social media.
Sultan Ibrahim decreed that only the Royal Press Office would issue statements or reports pertaining to His Majesty and the Johor royal family.
He also urged the police to take stern action against anyone who intentionally spread fake news or tarnished his name or the Johor royal family on social media.
13 June 2018
Poll Results: 37% says that Tunku Ismail’s political remarks is a major concern that probably led to the recent decline in stadium attendance at
@OfficialJohor. One has to wonder, is it political remarks in general or his targeted attack on @chedetofficial? @ayshardzn
8 June 2018
TMJ defends right to political views
Johor Crown Prince says he has been told that some football fans have been boycotting Johor Darul Ta’zim matches because of his comments in the run-up to GE14.
PETALING JAYA: Johor’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has defended his right to give his views and opinions on politics in the run-up to the 14th general election (GE14) last month.
In a Facebook post on the Johor Southern Tigers page, Tunku Ismail said he had been told that some football fans were apparently staying away from Johor Darul Ta’zim matches due to his political views.
“I was also informed that they didn’t like the statement I made prior to the elections. To me, everyone has the right to their own views and opinions.
Previously, Tunku Ismail made headlines with a posting that indirectly criticised then opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was on a visit to Johor as part of the election campaign.
He received flak for his views, with hundreds of critical comments left on the page.
22 May 2018
PETALING JAYA, May 21 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today revealed some details of his meeting with Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, saying the latter was interested in discussing Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) experience as the new government.
“At the same time, I was given the pleasure of clarifying (to Sultan Ibrahim) the policy of administrative matters relating to the legal framework and the federal constitution in line with the latest developments of the country,” the PH defacto leader said today.
Anwar said this in a media statement after his audience with Sultan Ibrahim and the Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim in Johor Baru late yesterday.
The 70-year-old, who is designated to be the next prime minister, said Sultan Ibrahim’s desire was to ensure that focus is given to development that benefits the people following PH’s victory in Johor on May 9 after the 14th general election (GE14).
“With that, the victory comes with hope and expectations from the people in Johor who wanted to be defended and to be free from pressure as well as the extreme economic gap,” he said, adding that he extended his gratitude to Sultan Ibrahim who was pleased to invite him and his daughter PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar for a meeting together with Tunku Ismail last night.
10 May 2018
Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has called for the immediate formation of a new federal government, following Pakatan Harapan’s victory against BN in the 14th general election.In a video message, the sultan urged his subjects to accept the voice of the people who had voted for a new government.
“To all my subjects, Bangsa Johor, you must accept the voice of the people to form the government. Without wasting any more time I am also looking forward to working with the new government, for the best of my subjects.
“Therefore the government must be appointed now, without wasting any more time,” he said.
The sultan also expressed hope that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V would immediately consent to swear in the new prime minister.
“And even the prime minister (must be apppointed) now,” said the monarch, who congratulated all contesting parties.
17 April 2018
Recently, a video surfaced on Facebook showing the Sultan Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar making a speech urging his nation never to fall for The Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) that is founded by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohd.
In the video, Sultan Johor mentioned that the political party is worst than the Zika virus.
Why did Sultan Ibrahim Ibni correlate PPBM and the Zika virus is because victims (nation) will suffer for a lifetime.
He said in the video,
“This virus comes from a new political party, and its members become the distributors of the virus. This virus is very dangerous because it is difficult to treat.
“When the community is infected with this virus, then the people’s lives and the prosperity of the country are gone.
“Therefore, I hope my people will stay away from this virus. Use your mind to think, and do not regret later on.
“This virus will strike the government every day and incite the people to hate the leaders. But they pretend not to acknowledge the good that the government has done for the nation.”
9 April 2018
‘Not on anyone’s side’: Johor’s crown prince defends comments on Malaysian politics
KUALA LUMPUR (April 9): The crown prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said on Sunday (Apr 8) that he was not “on anyone’s side” as he defended his earlier comments on Malaysia’s political environment.
In a Facebook post on Saturday night, the crown prince warned people not to be deceived by the opposition and a “forked-tongue individual”, but to instead trust the royal family to “guide” the government.
The post was flooded with comments disagreeing with some of his viewpoints.
In another post on Sunday night on Johor Southern Tigers’ Facebook page, the crown prince said he was only giving his “sincerest” personal opinion for what he thought is best for his state.
“It was my personal opinion and being in my position I do not support any political party or individual. Whenever I think of something, I always think of the betterment of state of Johor and I do not let my emotions cloud my opinions or anything for that matter.”
People have the right to give their own opinion and support whoever they want, he added.
“But remember, whomever that person may be, he must serve and give priority to you and not to his personal agendas,” he said, while emphasising that he did not say he supported Prime Minister Najib Razak or Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Johor is the birthplace of Najib’s party UMNO and the state has been under Barisan Nasional rule since independence.
“Whatever I think of, whatever I do, it is for the people of Johor and not for myself,” said the Crown Prince who said that Johor was “different” and have their “own way”.
“I am not on anyone’s side and I am not supporting anyone. I only disagree when a person who had a crisis with Johor in the past tries to take over Johor! Because this is my state.”
As of Monday morning, the post had more than 1,000 shares and 2,4000 comments.
TMJ’s words make PH more popular, says Mahathir
Pakatan chairman: “You have seen the comments on social media, on Instagram, YouTube and others. Those are the comments of the citizens.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad says criticisms by Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim would only draw more attention to the opposition alliance.
“You have seen the comments on social media, on Instagram, YouTube and others. Those are the comments of the citizens. I am also a citizen, I don’t want to comment further,” he said after a fund-raising lunch here.
Dr Mahatir said the criticism “will only make PH more popular”.
In a Facebook posting last night, Tunku Ismail, who is Tunku Mahkota Johor, made a veiled attack on Mahathir, who was making a tour of the state in preparation for the general election.
He said Johoreans should not be “fooled by a forked tongue individual”.
Without naming Mahathir, the prince said the former prime minister was responsible for stripping the powers of the Sultan, a reference to the constitutional amendments of the 1990s.
“Do not be easily manipulated into believing whatever you heard last night in Pasir Gudang,” he wrote, referring to the PH rally there.
“Johor state will never forget that individual who tried to disband the Johor Military Force, an organisation that has stood since 1886 and that same time, dreaming of diminishing the Sultan’s power, belittling our constitution that has been here since before the inception of the country called Malaysia.”
TMJ Shares Why He Doesn’t Want Johoreans To Change The Country’s “Skipper”
According to himself, he knows things that people do not know.
Late last night, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor, took to the official Facebook page for JOHOR Southern Tigers to share his “honest opinion” for his beloved people of Johor
In his lengthy post, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, fondly known as TMJ, appears to stump for the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming GE14.
TMJ, without naming names, has launched a veiled attack on Dr Mahathir, who is leading the opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the general elections, by hoping that “people are not easily fooled by a forked tongue individual.”
“At the moment he is not trying to save the country, he is more worried about what will happen to his children in the future,” TMJ wrote on the JOHOR Southern Tigers’ page, adding that it’s “time to restore the orders and implement systems that have been damaged by individuals who are dreaming of becoming Prime Minister.”
The 33-year-old Crown Prince of Johor has urged his people to “not be deceived”, because, according to himself, he knows things that people do not know.
“Open your eyes, use your minds and follow the clues I have given because I know things you don’t know. You only have to trust me, I know what I am doing.”
While acknowledging that at the moment “the political situation in the country is a bit messy”, it is, TMJ said, “not the end of the world”
“This is the time for the South to take control of the situation that has been damaged by money and power greedy individuals and steer it in the right order.
“Do not be easily manipulated into believing whatever you heard last night in Pasir Gudang,” TMJ wrote while referring to the tour by PH parties in Johor on 6 April to announce their unanimous decision to use PKR logo as their symbol for GE14.
Without referring to Dr Mahathir by name, TMJ further wrote that the “Johor state will never forget that individual who tried to disband the Johor Military Force (JMF), an organisation that has stood since 1886, and at the same time, dreaming of diminishing the Sultan’s power” by “belittling our constitution”.
11 June 2018
Blogger’s Note: The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute study turned out to be wrong on all counts. BN lost Johor in spite of the fact that “the Johor ruler and the Tunku Mahkota command immense respect among Johor residents”.
15 December 2017
Royal family’s role important in how Johor votes in GE14, says study
A ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute study shows the Johor ruler and the Tunku Mahkota command immense respect among Johor residents, and that some feel the Tunku Mahkota will be a better prime minister.
KUALA LUMPUR: A Singapore think tank has found that whether the Barisan Nasional loses seats in its bastion of Johor in the next general election could well depend on the Johor royal family, which is held in great esteem by locals.
Some of those interviewed by the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute even said the country would be much better off if the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, were to be prime minister.
The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak survey of Johor voters in 2017 showed that voters seemed undecided which way to vote, with neither the BN nor the opposition offering a compelling reason to choose them.
Channel NewsAsia (CNA) quoted Dr Serina Abdul Rahman, a visiting fellow at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute as saying Johor residents had great trust and respect for the Johor Sultan and Tunku Ismail, next in line to the Johor throne.
“The people support them because they do what they say,” she added.
Dr Francis Hutchinson, coordinator for the Malaysia study programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, was quoted as saying Johor had been underpinned by a strong sultan who had exercised control over aspects of state administration, particularly religion.”
The study, based on in-depth focus group discussions and interviews with residents, was presented at a conference at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute on Dec 13.
Hutchinson said Johor was unlikely to fall to the opposition. Johor, with 26 parliamentary seats is expected to be a key battleground in GE14 and Pakatan Harapan (PH) has already indicated that it is focusing on winning the state.
He said the BN coalition was in danger of losing seats, particularly in the urbanised constituencies of Pulai, Pasir Gudang and Tebrau.
According to the CNA report, the study found that some residents were tired of the 1MDB scandal and disillusioned with the intense politicking that has seen Dr Mahathir Mohamad returning to politics to helm the opposition.