28 April 2019
PETALING JAYA: Veteran politician Rais Yatim has recommended that the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, join a political party if he insists on making comments on national political developments.
“Stop making insinuations about wanting the prime minister to be changed,” said Rais in a posting on Twitter today. “That is the right of the ordinary people.”
The positing comes a day after Tunku Ismail was featured in an online video responding to a football supporter’s call to “drop Mora”, Johor football coach Benjamin Mora.
Tunku Ismail is seen leaning out of the front passenger window and remarking: “Instead of changing Mora, it’s better to change the prime minister.”
Rais said Tunku Ismail had made excessive remarks about politics. “If (Tunku Ismail) wants to talk politics, please register to join a political party.”
He said the realms of royalty and politics were different. “Do not mix them up in accordance with the whims of a prince. Chaos will result,” said Rais, a former law minister and former menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan.
“Please be rational,” said Rais, who is now a member of PPBM, the party headed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir: Only the rakyat can change a PM
Earlier today, Mahathir, who is in China, reminded Tunku Ismail that his position was also not permanent, and recalled that a Johor crown prince was once forced to step down.
“So, the TMJ can be changed,” Mahathir said, adding: (For the) prime minister, only the rakyat can change (him).”
(Tunku Ismail’s grandfather was once removed as Tunku Mahkota in favour of his younger brother because of allegations of criminal offences, before being reinstated and ascending to the throne as Sultan Iskandar in 1981.)
Dr Mahathir said: “(Tunku Ismail) thinks he is a big person (‘orang besar’) but he is not a big person, he is a small person” and added: “If he can vote, vote so that I can fall.”