Stop insulting our Sultan, says group

Performers taking a wefie with Sultan Ibrahim during the Bangsa Johor Deepavali celebration organised by GAPPIN.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Federation of Indian Associations (GAPPIN) wants outsiders to stop insulting Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

Its chairman S. Thennarasu said the Indian community in the state would always be loyal towards Johor Sultan and the royal family.

He agreed with Sultan Ibrahim’s recent decree where the Ruler had said he would not allow any kind of street demonstration to take place in the state.

“Street demonstrations are against the concept of Bangsa Johor as this will create divisions and animosity within a multiracial society,” he added.

Thennarasu said this in his speech during the Bangsa Johor Deepavali celebration held at Johor Jaya multipurpose hall on Sunday.

Sultan Ibrahim attended the event.

He pointed out that the concept of Bangsa Johor was to unite all people in the state no matter their race, faith or political ideology.

“I want to remind such people to always be careful with their choice of words and never speak ill of our beloved Sultan,” he said.

It was reported on Nov 3 that Sultan Ibrahim had decreed that he would not allow any street demonstration in Johor as it would disrupt public order.

Former national debater Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman has come under fire for his open letter to Sultan Ibrahim while Seberang Prai Municipal councillor Satees Muniandy riled up netizens over his Facebook posting on the Sultan of Johor and which went viral.

Satees, who is an aide to Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy, has since taken down his posting and apologised over the matter.

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