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by allison lai
Stopped in his tracks: Police personnel arresting Noor Jan Tuah as he was about to board a ferry to Pulau Besar to attend an investiture ceremony to ‘revive the Malacca Sultanate.
MALACCA: About hundred of his followers waited for his arrival at the mystical island of Pulau Besar island where several goats were ready to be sacrificed for a kenduri (thanksgiving feast).
The self-proclaimed “Sultan”, however, did not make it Pulau Besar for an investiture ceremony to “revive the Malacca Sultanate.”
Noor Jan Tuah, 56, who had been referring to himself as Raja Noor Jan Shah Raja Tuah, was arrested by a Melaka Tengah crime investigation department team at about 10.50am at the Anjung Batu jetty in Serkam before he could board a ferry.
He remained calm and composed when Malacca CID chief ACP Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah who led the team told him that he was arrested under the Sedition Act, 1948.
“I said, I am Raja Shahrom and I wish to speak to you, Raja Noor Jan. He followed me without any disagreement,” said ACP Raja Shahrom told reporters yesterday.
He said before the man was brought away for questioning, he only wanted his followers to know that he had been taken into police custody.
ACP Raja Shahrom said police had received several reports lodged by individuals and non-governmental organisations expressing concern over the planned “investiture”.
“Initial investigation show he is a businessman in the property market and hails from Kampung Teluk Perang in Parit, Perak.
“He conferred himself with several names and titles including Noor Jan Shah Tuah Shah, Raja Alang Noor Jan Raja Tuah, YMM Raja Noor Jan Shah Ibni YM Raja Raja Tuah Shah, Pak Ungku and the 44th DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Ahmad Shah.
ACP Raja Shahrom said police would conduct thorough investigations to ensure that people were not cheated into paying for bogus titles and awards. “We will also investigate a letter claiming that his recognition as the “Sultan of Melaka” was granted by the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” he added.
It was recently reported that the ICJ had denied the claim that it had recognised him as the Sultan of Malacca and that the court had never examined the issue or his claim.
It was learnt that yesterday’s ceremony was timed with the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, when the island is usually thronged by visitors seeking spiritual enlightenment.
ACP Raja Shahrom said that Noor Jan’s followers had been organising activities to convince people that he was the rightful “Malacca Sultan”.
The kenduri, which was part of such activities, however, went on without the “Sultan”.
The followers who had made their way to the island in ferry earlier, returned to the mainland in the evening.
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