PETALING JAYA: The Johor Crown Prince has advised the Johor public to remain united amidst alleged attacks by those who want to divide the people.
On the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (pic) said there were many outsiders and various parties who were uneasy with the fact that Johoreans stood united.
"There are also certain quarters who are deliberately trying to provoke by making statements such as why not 'Bangsa Malaysia' instead. From the times of my forefathers, we the Malays, Chinese and Indians have always regarded ourselves as 'Bangsa Johor'. This began since 1885, even before the formation of Malaysia. 72 years to be exact," he wrote on Tuesday.
"We are proud of our history. We don't disturb anyone. This is our heritage and our history. If you want to be proud of calling or referring to yourselves as 'Bangsa Malaysia' or '5 Malaysia', please do so. It is not a crime. But to Bangsa Johor, lest we forget - This is Our state. This land and the rights to this state belong to all of us," he added.
He cautioned Johoreans not to be influenced by the "divide and conquer strategies," mastered by unnamed quarters.
"We must always remember the endless possibilities we can overcome when we stand together. Remember Johor's motto, 'Unity is a blessing' (Muafakat itu Berkat). God Save The Sultan. Johor must always be Johor," he wrote.
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