On May 31, 2016, Johor’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (right) wrote a scathing post on the Johor Southern Tigers' Facebook page – simply titled “Do not blame Johor because of your jealousy”.
In effect, he said that critics unhappy with Johor Darul Ta’zim can “march down to Putrajaya” and propose to Najib Razak to expel the southern state from the federation.
Tunku Ismail came out with a laundry list of criticisms – they came from “certain parties” whom he had alleged to be envious of the public support towards the state royal family and the state government.
Starting each sentence with “don't blame Johor...” – he said Johoreans should not be accused of obsession towards the Sultan and crown prince who are always supportive of their people.
“Don't blame Johor if your leaders are not there with you… The difference between our leaders and yours is that our leaders were born to serve the people”.
“Don't blame Johor why we don't like people who are corrupt? It's because we brought up never to be as despicable as that”.
“Don't blame Johor if your leaders are not there with you when the country is plagued with integrity turmoil”.
Tunku Ismail maintained that his people did not know what racism is because they are built on the foundation that was based on unity and that his subjects are known as “Bangsa Johor”.
It is not clear what prompted the prince to pen his strongly-worded missive on Facebook. Still, he was only being forthright. And honest.
On Wednesday, I was at Bankers Club in Amoda Building in Jalan Imbi, KL where at the ITC Bintang Toastmasters meeting – I was the Ah-Counter. I certainly did a meticulous job. Overall, a good meeting if somewhat overly long.