KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan’s Sultan Ismail Petra Sultan Yahya Petra, who is heavily guarded at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital’s Royal Ward in Kota Baru, is not under “house arrest”, Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Amir Hamzah Ibrahim said.
The Kelantan Deputy Chief Police Officer said Acting Sultan Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Sultan Ismail Petra had asked the police to provide security for the Sultan.
Tengku Muhammad Faris had issued a decree that his father should be moved to a safer place following the arrest of a palace official in connection with a palace guard’s shooting last week.
“As such, the question of filing a writ of habeas corpus (for the Sultan to leave the state for medical treatment) does not arise at all.” said SAC Amir Hamzah, adding that with the arrest “we had to heighten security.”
SAC Amir Hamzah also said that Tengku Muhammad Faris had listed down the names of five people who were allowed to visit the Sultan, and that anyone else – excluding the doctors and nurses treating the Sultan – should get the consent of the Acting Sultan.
The five are the Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis Tengku Hamid, her second son Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra, daughter Tengku Amalin A’ishah Petra and two other close relatives.
Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry is not in the list.
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