PETALING JAYA: The people are free to hold discussions anywhere in New Malaysia, including to ensure that constitutional monarchs do not "self-destruct", says veteran newsman Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.
It is believed that he was responding to a statement by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who on Saturday (May 4) evening, alluded that there was a certain “Kadir” plotting to “finish off” the royalty.
Tunku Ismail tweeted that he knew about the meeting in Menara Ilham, which Kadir frequents to meet Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin, a longtime right-hand man to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Kadir took to his Facebook page on Sunday (May 5) to question if it was wrong for the “lowly pacal” (servant) to meet to discuss matters of common concern.
“Whether at the towering aloft, the kopitiam or the mamak stalls, the people are free to discuss the cost of living, the freedom and (the) role of the media and the political development, including in Johor.
“We spoke a lot about PH (Pakatan Harapan) Ministers, MBs (Mentris Besar) and CMs (Chief Ministers). Osman (former Johor MB) is gone and now Sahruddin is the MB of Johor. We are watching.
“If Umno and PAS were free to hold a demonstration in Kuala Lumpur purportedly to protect the Malays, Islam and the monarchy, we too are free to discuss ways and means of protecting all Malaysians and ensure that constitutional monarchs do not self-destruct,” wrote Kadir in his post.
The post has garnered close to 400 likes and 278 comments so far.
Kadir, who is also Dr Mahathir’s media adviser, urged Malaysians to do their part to protect the Federal Constitution, adding that priority must be given to the rakyat who voted Pakatan in on the May 9 General Election last year.
Tunku Ismail’s comments on Saturday came following reports claiming that a rise of cost in the Johor Baru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) project was because a plot of land in Bukit Chagar was transferred to the ownership of Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.
He challenged those who allegedly wanted to “finish off” the royalty to “go all out 110%” but at the same time focus on solving the people’s problems.
“Kadir I know about the meeting in Menara Ilham. Please proceed. But like I said before. Nak finish us, must finish completely. Tk boleh half way atau 50%. Must go all out 110%. My opinion. Buat masa yang sama please selesaikan masalah Rakyat. Itupun kalau sudi. Hanya pandangan,” wrote Tunku Ismail on Twitter.
It translates to: "Kadir I know about the meeting in Menara Ilham. Please proceed. But like I said before. To finish us, must finish completely. It can't be done half way or 50%. Must go all out 110%. My opinion. But at the same time please solve the people's problems. That is if you're willing to. Just my opinion."
On Saturday, Sultan Ibrahim said he was not informed of any transfer of ownership over the 4.5ha plot of land, which was one of five lots in Bukit Chagar that Putrajaya received from the Johor government in 2012 as part of a land swap deal to build the Johor Baru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex.
Sultan Ibrahim said that he is willing to hand over his plot of land in Bukit Chagar to the government without any cost if it is involved in the RTS project, which was scheduled for construction this year and expected to be completed by December 2024.