So, the Johor Crown Prince did not let DPM Zahid Hamidi get away with Friday's statement in Kota Tinggi (read my previous posting, here). Well, whether you admire the Tengku Ismail for his outspokenness or you think it's unbecoming, the TMJ has at least been consistent with regards to politicians speaking on behalf of the Johor Istana, so far.
|Tengku Ismail tries to stake out central role of influence, says FMT|
What's not so consistent are the reports on what he actually said.
1 Now TMJ puts down Zahid in Johor power play by the online portal Free Malaysia Today and
JOHOR BAHRU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, has intervened again in Umno politicking with a put-down of deputy prime minister and home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, his second recent criticism of an Umno leader, as he continues to manoeuvre for a central position in the Johor power play.
In a Facebook posting, he reminded politicians that he was the sultan’s heir and that, blood being thicker than water, his voice would be “the last one heard” after everything had reached his father.
2 Johor Crown Prince: My loyalty lies with Sultan and State in the STAR.
PETALING JAYA: The Johor Crown Prince has warned political leaders against giving "counsel" to the Sultan for personal interests.
Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (pic) reminded them that he was the heir to the Johor throne and that "his voice will be the last one heard before anything else reaches his majesty".
Big difference, if you ask me. But all the same, just to be safe and to avoid embarrassment AFTER this Zahid or any of the UMNO politicians, including PM Najib Razak, may want to check with Tunku Ismail BEFORE making any statement on behalf of his father the Sultan of Johor.