Queen unfazed by detractors


Royal gift: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Tunku Azizah chatting with Daniel Hakimi Mohd Rostam (second from right, in green Baju Melayu) who presented Their Majesties with his own creation of ‘Tanjak Dendam Tak Sudah’ or a traditional Malay male headgear during a function at Istana Negara. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: The King and Queen have never made any police report on “bad things said about us,” said Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

She has also expressed disappointment over the arrest of an individual who had allegedly posted a seditious tweet aimed at her.

“I am truly upset that the police have detained those people. Through the years, my husband and I have never made any police report on bad things said about us.

“It’s a free country,” said Tunku Azizah in one of the tweets yesterday.

The Queen explained she had earlier deactivated her Twitter account for personal reasons, as opposed to cyberbullying.

She continued to explain that she had heard the news that someone has been arrested, and decided to reactivate her Twitter account immediately as she was “angry and upset”.

“I myself told the Pihak Istana to inform the police to not take any action. I repeat again, I did not deactivate my account because of them.”

Khalid Ismath, a former Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) youth chief, was detained on Friday night at his home in Klang for allegedly posting a seditious tweet aimed at Tunku Azizah.

PSM deputy chairman S. Arutchel-van said Khalid’s arrest was a form of unnecessary intimidation.

“They could have asked him to go to the police station and he would have complied and cooperated willingly.”

Khalid’s arrest happened hours after the Queen posted on Instagram telling the public that she had left Twitter for personal reasons and there was no need to lodge any police reports.

Her posting was shared by her daughter Tengku Puteri Afzan Aminah Hafizatullah Al-Sultan Abdullah, who reposted it on her own Twitter account, @tengkuafzan1.

Many of the Queen’s followers had earlier believed that she had left Twitter because of cyberbullying.

Since she left Twitter, a Twitter user, whose tweets were screenshot and circulated on the Internet, has issued a public apology to Tunku Azizah for earlier remarks he made about her.

In a string of tweets, which have since been deleted, Twitter user Firdaus Asraf commented on the popularity of Tunku Azizah and the following that she has gained on social media.

He later posted a formal apology on his account, saying that he regrets his actions and he hopes that Tunku Azizah will accept his apology.

Meanwhile, PSM Youth chief Nik Aziz Afiq said Khalid was freed at the Dang Wangi police district headquarters at 12.15pm yesterday after having his statement recorded.

“We were informed that police would not go ahead with their initial intention of remanding him. Instead, his statement was recorded to assist investigation,” he said in a statement.

The party also thanked Tunku Azizah for her prompt response to the issue, he added.

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