Monday, April 29, 2019

TMJ Needles Mahathir Mohamad (Again)

Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim just loves to needle Mahathir Mohamad (left). 

On Wednesday night, he was caught on video saying that the prime minister should be substituted when some Johor Darul Ta’zim football club supporters had urged him to replace the team’s coach Benjamin Mora. 

“Instead of changing Mora, it’s better to change the prime minister”, Tunku Ismail (right) had said. 

On Sunday, Mahathir retorted that only the rakyat, and not the Malay royals, has the power to change the prime minister. 

“He thinks he is a big person ("orang besar") but he is actually a small person. If he can vote, then topple me through the ballot box”, the prime minister challenged the prince. 

And for good measure, Mahathir reminded Tunku Ismail – better known as TMJ (Tengku Mahkota Johor) – that history has shown his own position as the crown prince can be changed. Touché. 

Criticisms against TMJ inevitably followed. 

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (right) pointed out that he had quit as president of the Football Association of Malaysia after just a year. 

“If want to take care of FAM also is so difficult that you have to quit… imagine the responsibility of a prime minister who sincerely wants to heal our beloved nation”, Syed Saddiq had posted on Instagram. 

Veteran politician Bersatu's Rais Yatim (left) opined that Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim had made excessive remarks about politics. His advice: “If (Tunku Ismail) wants to talk politics, please register to join a political party”. 

He said the realms of royalty and politics are different. “Do not mix them up in accordance with the whims of a prince. Chaos will result”, counseled Rais, a former law minister and former menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan. 

“Stop the innuendo about wanting the prime minister to be changed”, said Rais in a posting on Twitter yesterday. “That is the right of the ordinary people”. 

Methinks, TMJ has crossed the red line.

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