12 September 2018
THERE’S a new Malaysia that everyone needs adjusting to – be they civil servants, common folk, politicians or royals. In this Malaysia, nothing is sacred.
But the ones feeling the heat and facing the most changes must be the royals. Some of them are having difficulty navigating the new political terrain under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.
It is more that it is a Mahathir government. He brooked no nonsense when he was prime minister from 1981 to 2003, pushing through two constitutional amendments to curtail royal powers. All the more now that he is prime minister.
Now things have changed. Not only are their statements and interventions scrutinised but also challenged openly.
Veteran newspaperman and blogger A. Kadir Jasin is one who does not mince his words when he speaks about the royals, very much how he did so when he edited the New Straits Times during the Mahathir years.
In a blog about the Johor crown prince who complained about his social media postings being monitored by intelligence agencies, Kadir put it succinctly that it was not the social media postings that were the concern.
“The concern is about them straying into the political arena where they may get clobbered, their immunity questioned and their status lowered,” said Kadir, who is also media adviser to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Anybody who plays politics must be prepared to be treated like a politician more so when he or she takes to the media – social and formal – to air partisan views,” he added, alluding to the prince’s statements before the May 9 elections about the ideal choice for Malaysia’s future.
When it comes down to it, no matter how carefully the Johor crown prince crafts his postings and no matter how legitimate he feels his grouses are, fact is that a large swathe of Malaysians identify him and many other royals as part of the old political establishment.
That political establishment vanished on May 9. Malaysians overwhelmingly voted for a new way of doing things much to the bewilderment of Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians and the royals who supported them.
There is a greater sense of accountability now, greater checks and balances for all those who put themselves up on a pedestal or are put up there by history and feudalism.
Anything anyone says can be used against them, every promise must be kept and every move is watched. In this new Malaysia, one must walk the talk, not just talk the walk.
We all serve the nation, and not expect the nation to serve us.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT
11 September 2018
PETALING JAYA: Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin today weighed in on the case involving “a prince and his father”, saying that their immediate concern should not be on the monitoring of their social media activities.
While not naming names, Kadir is believed to be referring to allegations made by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim last Sunday that he and his father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, were being monitored by the new government.
“The more immediate concern is not about the monitoring of their social media activities. The concern is about them straying into the political arena, where they may get clobbered, their immunity questioned, and their status lowered.
“Anybody who plays politics must be prepared to be treated like a politician, more so when he or she takes to the media – social and formal – to air partisan views,” he said in a blog post today.
Kadir said the police had apparently taken the claim seriously enough so as to prompt a response from Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun who issued a statement saying that there is no monitoring of the Johor royal family’s social media accounts.
“He (Fuzi) is so serious with his denial that he said he is seeking an audience with the affected ruler,” he said.
Kadir further cited an instance where the New Straits Times had quoted one Tengku Mahkota as saying before the May 9 general election that the people must open their eyes and not be deceived by a 93-year-old individual who wanted to be prime minister.
The former New Straits Times editor-in-chief said the people knew who the prince was referring to.
“He asked the people to use their wisdom, saying he knew things that they did not, that this is the time to restore order to a system damaged by a 93-year-old individual who now wants to be the prime minister.
“So, I am not surprised if the people are now ‘monitoring’ the social media activities of this crown prince and his father to see if they continue to express partisan views instead of being royal and regal,” Kadir said.
Kadir, who blogged in his personal capacity, said having been a writer for 49 years and having adopted the digital medium as one of his platforms, he was not bothered about anybody monitoring him.
“In fact, for the sake of ego, I love people monitoring me. It means they read what I write.
“So, my advice to people who are active online is to start accepting the fact that ‘you are being monitored’.
“You may not be monitored by the police or the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). But depending on who you are, you may also be monitored by foreign and domestic intelligent agencies,” he said.
10 September 2018
IGP: No social media monitoring of Johor royal family
PETALING JAYA: There is no social media monitoring of the Johor royal family’s social media accounts, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a press statement on Monday (Sept 10).
“In response to the Tunku Mahkota Johor’s Facebook statement titled ‘My Father and I Being Monitored’, the police wish to assure the Johor Palace that this is not taking place.”
“I will seek an audience with His Majesty the Johor Sultan to brief him over this matter,” the IGP said.
9 September 2018
Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has alleged he and his father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, are still being monitored this time by the new government.
In a Facebook posting, Tunku Ismail, who is popularly referred to as TMJ, claims he was informed of this by “government officials.”
He further linked this to Putrajaya’s alleged use of Israeli-made surveillance and intelligence-gathering technology – of the same kind certain individuals had recently asked him to purchase.
“A few government officials came to me saying that the MACC, Special Branch, Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and the Prime Minister’s Office have been using it.
“When it comes to national security, I think it is something we need, but these same devices should not be used by individuals for personal gain,” his post read.
“I know the former government used this, but this is supposed to be Malaysia Baru – it is no place for such practices any longer.
“It is not nice when officials come to me saying that my father, the Johor sultan, and I are being monitored.”
In his Facebook post, Tunku Ismail said he had nothing against the new government, but stressed that he would not ignore alleged wrongdoings.
“Let me be clear, I have nothing against the government. Johor has always had the policy of supporting the ruling government.
“That said, we will give our support when the right things are done. Yet we will not be silent when wrongs are being committed,” he said.
Tunku Ismail added that he was being vocal in the in the interest of all Johoreans.
“I will not stand still if there are certain parties trying to take advantage of the people of Johor or break this unique unity we have.”
9 September 2018
Baru-baru ini saya telah dihampiri oleh seorang individu untuk membeli sebuah peralatan, yang mana ia juga dimiliki oleh kerajaan. Alat buatan Israel ini digunakan untuk pengintipan serta mengumpul data.
Teknologi ini juga telah digunapakai sebelum pilihanraya untuk membantu dalam perang siber.
Beberapa orang pegawai kerajaan telah berjumpa dengan saya dengan menyatakan bahawa SPRM, Unit Khas, SKMM dan Pejabat Perdana Menteri turut menggunakan peralatan ini. Bila ia berkaitan dengan keselamatan negara, saya berpendapat ia adalah sesuatu yang sangat berharga. Namun, peralatan ini tidak patut diseleweng oleh mana mana pihak untuk kepentingan sendiri.
Saya tahu ia digunapakai oleh kerajaan dahulu, tetapi tidak sepatutnya berlaku di zaman Malaysia Baru – tiada tempat untuk pengamalan sebegini kini.
Adalah sangat tidak baik apabila ada pegawai yang telah menyampaikan pesan bahawa saya dan Ayahanda saya, DYMM Sultan Johor sedang diperhatikan. Ramai juga “cybertroopers” diletakkan pada halaman JDT serta laman peribadi kami seperti Official Sultan Ibrahim dan HRH Crown Prince of Johor atas perasaan kurang senang oleh beberapa pihak atasan.
Ya, saya memang vokal tetapi ianya lahir dari rasa kasih sayang dan tanggungjawab saya kepada negeri Johor serta rakyatnya.
Saya tidak akan berdiam diri jika ada beberapa parti yang ingin mengambil kesempatan memecahbelahkan perpaduan Bangsa Johor yang unik ini.
Biar saya jelaskan sekali lagi bahawa saya tidak mempunyai apa-apa masalah dengan kerajaan. Johor sentiasa menyokong penuh kerajaan yang memerintah. Dengan itu, kami akan menyokong segala keputusan yang betul. Namun kami juga tidak akan berdiam diri apabila berlaku keputusan yang salah.
Akhir kata, satu-satunya perkara yang rakyat mahukan adalah kerajaan mengutamakan kemajuan, bukannya bertelagah di dalam negara. Saya berdoa semoga kerajaan menepati janji janji kepada rakyat. Allah Peliharakan Sultan.
DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota Johor
I was recently approached by an individual to purchase a device, which the government also has in its possession. This device is Israeli-made and is used to spy on people and gather intel.
This technology was also used pre-election help in terms of cyber warfare.
A few government officials came to me saying that the MACC, Special Branch, MCMC, and the Prime Minister’s Office have been using it. When it comes to National Security, I think it is something we need, but these same devices should not be used by individuals for personal gain.
I know the former government used this, but this is supposed to be Malaysia Baru – it is no place for such practices any longer.
It is not nice when officials come to me saying that my father, the Sultan of Johor, and I are being monitored. And that there are cybertroopers planted on JDT and our personal pages such as the Official Sultan Ibrahim and HRH Crown Prince of Johor page, waiting in case there is something that does not go down well with certain higher ups.
Yes, I am vocal and that it simply because I care for Johor and its people.
I will not stand still if there are certain parties trying to take advantage of the people of Johor or break this unique unity we have.
Let me be clear, I have nothing against the goverment. Johor has always had the policy of supporting the rulling government. That said, we will give our support when the right things are done. Yet we will not be silent when wrongs are being committed.
Last but not least, the only thing people want to see is the government prioritising progress, not having squabbles within the country. I pray that the government can fulfill its promises to the people. Allah Peliharakan Sultan.
HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor