5 May 2019
Blogger A Kadir Jasin (above) said people are free to discuss anything in this country, including ensuring that the monarchy doesn’t “self-destruct”.
This appeared to be a response to a veiled swipe against him by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
The prince, last night, tweeted that he knew a “Kadir” had held meetings at Menara Ilham, allegedly to “finish off” the royals.
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.
Taking to Facebook today, the prime minister’s media adviser said it was not wrong for a “lowly pacal (royal servant)” to meet anywhere in Malaysia Baru and talk about the state of the country.
“Whether in a tall tower, the kopitiam or the mamak stalls, the people are free to discuss the cost of living, the freedom and role of the media and political developments, including in Johor.
“We spoke a lot about Pakatan ministers, menteri besars and chief ministers. Osman (Sapian) is gone and now (Dr) Sahruddin (Jamal) is the MB of Johor. We are watching.
“If Umno and PAS were free to hold demonstration in Kuala Lumpur purportedly to protect the Malays, Islam and the monarchy, we too are free to discuss ways and means of protecting all Malaysians and ensure that constitutional monarchs do not self-destruct,” he said.
He then urged Malaysians to do their part to cherish and protect the Federal Constitution.
“We want the priority to be given to the rakyat who voted for Harapan on May 9, 2018,” he added.
Tunku Ismail’s comments yesterday came after the Johor royal family was scrutinised over a land issue involving the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS).
4 May 2019
4 May 2019
Want to finish us off? Go all out, TMJ tells ‘Kadir’
PETALING JAYA: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, has challenged those who allegedly want to “finish off” the royalty to go all out.
In a posting on Twitter, aimed at an unidentified “Kadir”, the prince made reference to a meeting at Menara Ilham, Kuala Lumpur, where meetings were held of the Council of Eminent Persons headed by Mahathir ally and adviser Daim Zainuddin.
The tweet said:
While Tunku Ismail did not specify who Kadir was, it is believed to be an allusion to A Kadir Jasin, the prime minister’s special adviser on media and communications. Kadir was previously spokesman for the advisory CEP which met at Menara Ilham.
FMT is attempting to reach Kadir for comment.
TMJ has previously criticised Kadir and his presence at Menara Ilham.
In December, while making a comment on land matters involving Johor, TMJ had said:
“But, what I find strange is that a non-minister seems to be more vocal. Everyday (he) sits in Menara Ilham and flatters his boss. He thinks that this country and government belong to him. You hide behind your cybertroopers and bloggers. Coward.”
Today’s salvo comes in the midst of reports about a plot of land linked to the construction of the Johor-Singapore Rapid Transit System being transferred to TMJ’s father, the sultan of Johor.