KOTA BARU (Bernama): The Kelantan government has not received any official information from the palace on the divorce of Sultan Muhammad V from his wife Rihana Oksana Gorbatenko, 27, as reported in the media Wednesday (July 17).
Deputy Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said that the state government had also no intention to obtain further information on the matter.
''The issue of marriage and divorce is an ordinary thing in life and do not need to be enlarged or used as the main topic of a newspaper.
''I am astonished when the issue is turned into front page reports in several major newspapers. What is the reason for doing so?
"We fear that there may be a hidden agenda behind the action because this matter involves a Sultan,'' he said.
He said this to reporters after an executive council meeting at the Kota Darul Iman Complex here on Wednesday.
Mohd Amar said: "The Sultan is akin to our mother and father, thus we must give due respect like we give due respect to the prime minister. Not agreeing (with them) is another story but the respect must be there," he said.
An English newspaper published a front page report on Sultan Muhamad V, who was alleged to have divorced Rihana Oksana, who is from Russia.
In the meantime, Mohd Amar said that the Kelantan government had not received any directive to act against certain quarters or individuals who abused the titles from the palace.
On Tuesday (July 16), the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Nik Mohd Shafriman Nik Hassan, in a statement, said no individuals could be referred to as the Permaisuri of Kelantan, Raja Perempuan Kelantan, Sultanah Kelantan or the Queen of Kelantan without any official announcement from the palace.
The official statement also announced that Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra is the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan while the title of Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid is Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis. – Bernama