Anwar Ibrahim's twit 9:54 this morning: ChuaJM: penarikan pingat Johor memeranjatkan. CJM menerima dgn tenang; semangat kental. Inshaallah saya mohon mengadap Tuanku Johor. #fb
Above politics. I felt compelled to check with the Istana after reading the twit by Jimmy Chua's boss and the posting by a Johor blogger here, and was told that he still hasn't sought an audience with the Sultan of Johor. The fact that Anwar pre-empted the meeting with the Sultan and tweeted to the whole cyberworld that the stripping of CJM of his datukship was "shocking" is not going to help. Just as CJM's own response won't endear him to anyone.
The former Health Minsiter was quoted by the Star:“I am very disappointed with Umno and BN leaders for doing such a thing,” he said, adding that he does not blame the Sultan because he understands the “politics behind the move”.I was told by the Johor Istana that the decision to strip Chua Jui Meng of his datukship (SPMJ, first class datukship, beb!) has nothing to do with politics. "The Sultan is above politics," the aide said to me. As it should be the case.
Three others, including the Sultan's own brother-in-law, were also stripped of their datukship. It has something to do with "integrity", I was told.
Johor has not been known to be generous when it comes to awarding titles in conjunction with the Sultan's birthday. There was a year when only 1 person was conferred a datukship. Some states give out hundreds at one go. So losing a Johor datukship must be extra painful.