Crowd swells at Johor Palace

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  • Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015

JOHOR BARU: The crowd is swelling at a rally to show support for the Johor Royalty at the Bukit Serene Royal Palace here.

Johoreans from all backgrounds, races and ages could be seen gathering in solidarity for the Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who has been involved in a war of words with Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz. 

The rally, called "Perhimpunan Menjunjung Kasih DYMM Sultan Johor" is organised  by various non-governmental organisation (NGOs).

Cars could be seen parked by the side of the road near the palace in Danga Bay.

As the NGOs took turns addressing the crowd, thunderous shouts of “Daulat Tuanku” echoed around Danga Bay.

There was also a carnival atmosphere brought about by supporters of JDT football club.

On Saturday, Nazri criticised Tunku Ismail, saying that the prince should stay out of politics unless he wanted to be subjected to the same rule and be "whacked".     

Nazri said this in response to a post made by Tunku Ismail on June 5, criticising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for not attending an open dialogue session organised by a non-governmental organisation to discuss national issues.              

Tunku Ismail immediately responded through a video post on Johor Southern Tigers where he turned to the camera and made a beckoning gesture with his left hand, implying he was not afraid to face any challenge. 

On Monday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Nazri would be investigated under Section 505B of the Penal Code for his remark against Tunku Ismail, which could cause alarm to the public.

On the same day, Tunku Ismail told Nazri in another posting that "he is not a God from the heavens who lords above everybody".  

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