29 December 2018
PETALING JAYA, Dec 28 — The Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim would make a great “full-time” politician, Amanah’s Jasin parliamentary co-ordinator Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan said today.
Khairuddin said the Johor crown prince, who is known to be bold in airing critical views on the country’s affairs on social media, would be able to participate more actively if he chose to set aside his crown and be a lawmaker.
“Your Highness, if you feel that you are great at politics and like to make political statements, I humbly advise that you relinquish your crown and enter politics full time,” he said in his Facebook post.
“Your Highness should follow the praiseworthy footsteps of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar who are involved as full-time politicians,” he added.
Tengku Razaleigh, a Kelantan prince, has been Gua Musang MP since 1986 while Tengku Azlan from Pahang was Jerantut MP from 1999 to 2013. Both men are with Umno.
Khairuddin also said since Tunku Ismail is part of a royal family, the public fears reprisal if they were to comment on his political remarks.
“Your Highness, you can always criticise the people but the people can’t do that as you have royal immunity.
“If Your Highness still continues to make political statements, I am worried that the people will no longer respect the palace,” he said.
Shed your royal status and join politics full time, TMJ told
PETALING JAYA: A staunch loyalist of Dr Mahathir Mohamad has urged Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to join politics full time if the Johor crown prince wanted to issue politically charged statements.
Khairuddin Abu Hassan said TMJ, who frequently takes to the social media to comment on current affairs and politics, should emulate Umno veterans Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar who were prepared to shed their royal status by becoming full time politicians.
Tengku Razaleigh is connected to the Kelantan royal family while Tengku Azlan is the brother of the current Pahang sultan.
“Tuanku should not remain on the throne and seek to take cover behind the constitution, where ordinary people can be subjected to legal action if they hit back at your claims,” said Khairuddin, who was arrested three years ago for reporting the 1MDB scandal to foreign authorities.
Khairuddin said politically charged statements by the prince could affect the people’s respect towards the royal institution.
“You are very intelligent and perhaps highly educated. Have you forgotten that we practise the constitutional monarchy system which bars Malay rulers from taking part in politics?” he asked.