Johor Crown Prince Contradicts Mahathir On Water Issues, HSR Project And Overall Relations With Singapore
The Johor government should be the one deciding on Malaysia’s water agreements with Singapore – not Dr Mahathir’s administration.
That’s the view of the state’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. He made these comments in an interview with Channel NewsAsia (CNA), released on Thursday (19 Jul).
Given Johor’s proximity to Singapore, the views and opinions of its monarch matter – especially when he discusses contentious issues like the High-Speed Rail Project and the water agreements.
It matters even more when he disagrees with Malaysia’s Prime Minister on almost all of them:
1. He wants the federal government to back off on water issues with Singapore
At the end of the day, the water in Johor belongs to Johor.
(I prefer) not to have federal interference when it comes to water between Johor and Singapore.
In June, the Johor crown prince took to Twitter to thank Singapore for supplying Johor with treated water during droughts in previous years.
His comments came after Dr Mahathir announced that he planned to “renegotiate” the 1962 Water Agreement with Singapore.
That agreement decrees that Singapore give 5 million gallons of treated water per day to Malaysia.
But PUB – at Johor’s request – has adjusted this to provide more water when needed. The national water agency claims to have supplied over 16 million gallons per day to Johor over the past few years.
During the 2016 dry season, Singapore supplied over 22 million gallons of water a day to Malaysia. That’s almost 5% of Singapore’s daily total water demand of 430 million gallons.
Given this past assistance, it’s likely that Tunku Ismail doesn’t want Dr Mahathir’s government to pressure Singapore on water issues.
2. He Supports The HSR Project
I think it’s a very, very positive project that we should continue because it will not only help Johor but also Singapore.
Contradicting Dr Mahathir, Tunku Ismail heaped praises on the High-Speed Rail (HSR). A firm believer in the project’s benefits, he said, “We should proceed and continue (with the HSR), that’s my personal opinion.”
Considering that 3 of the 6 proposed HSR stops were in Johor, the cancellation – or even ‘deferment’ of the project – might adversely impact the state’s economy.
3. He Wants Better Singapore-Malaysia Relations
We don’t want to have a working relationship that will last for the next 10 years, we want it to last for the next 50 years, next 100 years.
“No matter what decision will be made, it should be a win-win situation”.
The many vehicles crossing the the Causeway every day show how important Singapore is to Johor. Many Johor residents work in Singapore for higher wages, which means that they are able to spend more back home. And Singaporeans regularly cross the Causeway as well, heading to Johor to shop, play and work.
These factors have helped the state become the fastest growing in Malaysia – with a 5.7% GDP growth rate in 2017.
The state has the most to lose in the event of colder Singapore-Malaysia ties. The Johor crown prince, who is acutely aware of this, repeatedly stressed the need for mutually beneficial development and called for a warmer relationship with Singapore.
Will his words change anything?
While Malaysia’s royal families exercise influence in matters of religion, they have little say in governance – both in their states or Malaysia as a whole.
And they’re likely to have even less weight on Dr M, who has a chequered history with the Johor sultanate. During the Malaysian elections, Tunku Ismail launched a veiled attack on Dr M, calling him a “forked tongue” man.
Hold tight, folks – politics up north just got a lot more exciting.
Source : Must Share News
4. Johor Crown Prince TMJ – I Did Not Say I Support Tun Mahathir, Dato Seri Najib or Anyone Else
Johor’s Crown Prince Urges Voters Not To Bring Down The Government, But He’s Not Taking Sides
The post is rather long, so we’ve summarised it for you:
The Crown Prince is a neutral person whose top loyalty is to the Sultan and people of Johor.
Some people might be unhappy with the current Barisan Nasional government.
But, the best path forward for Johor and Malaysia is to improve the government from within, instead of “bringing it down.”
There was an individual who “damaged” UMNO and previously challenged the authority of the royal family in Johor, and he is not to be trusted. – Must Share News
I was born to serve the state of Johor. So, that is my responsibility. I did not say I support Tun Mahathir, Dato Seri Najib or anyone else. I am a straight forward person. Before, when Dato Seri Najib made a mistake, I stood and said something and when Tun Mahathir had issues, I stood and said something. I am not on anyone’s side and I am not supporting anyone. I only disagree when a person who had a crisis with Johor in the past tries to take over Johor! Because this is my state. A state my father, grandfather and ancestors have protected whenever there is a crisis. Is it that easy for the people to forget about those crises? – Johor Crown Prince – The Coverage
5. Johor Crown Prince TMJ In Veiled Attack On Tun Dr Mahathir – Beware of ‘Forked Tongue’ Man
“Do not be easily manipulated into believing whatever you heard last night in Pasir Gudang,” he wrote on his Facebook page tonight, referring to PH’s rally yesterday where Mahathir announced the coalition’s decision to use the PKR logo at the coming polls.
“Johor state will never forget that individual who tried to disband the Johor Military Force (JMF), an organisation that has stood since 1886 and that same time, dreaming of diminishing the Sultan’s power, belittling our constitution that has been here since before the inception of the country called Malaysia.”
Mahathir had in 1992 engineered a campaign to remove the Malay rulers’ immunity under the law, following a controversy involving a hockey coach and the then Johor ruler, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, the father of the present ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, and TMJ’s grandfather.
The following year, after an intense media campaign led by Mahathir, Parliament passed amendments to remove legal immunity of the Malay rulers.
“I won’t forget the year 1992. Back then I was a small and naughty kid in school. My teachers would say, ‘Do not play the fool, you are royalty, if I were to report you to Mahathir, you are done for’.”
“At the moment he is not trying to save the country, he is more worried of what will happen to his children in the future. Even the wealthiest person on earth would not be able to give birth to three ‘billionaires’. – FMT
6. Johor Crown Prince TMJ : My Father And I Being Monitored By The New Malaysia Government – Device Is Israeli-Made & Is Used To Spy On People & Gather Intel
A few government officials came to me saying that the MACC, Special Branch, MCMC, and the Prime Minister’s Office have been using it. When it comes to National Security, I think it is something we need, but these same devices should not be used by individuals for personal gain.
I know the former government used this, but this is supposed to be Malaysia Baru – it is no place for such practices any longer.
It is not nice when officials come to me saying that my father, the Sultan of Johor, and I are being monitored. And that there are cybertroopers planted on JDT and our personal pages such as the Official Sultan Ibrahim and HRH Crown Prince of Johor page, waiting in case there is something that does not go down well with certain higher ups.
Johor Crown Prince : “If Even I, As A Member of The Royal Family Can Be Spied On, What More The Ordinary Citizens of Malaysia?”
Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar
7. Bangsa Johor
Netizens appear to be equally divided over the call by Sultan of Johor for Johoreans to ignore remarks by those jealous of the Bangsa Johor concept.
Malay Mail Online reported that in an apparent reference to former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar asked Johoreans to pay no heed to the rantings of a crazy, old man.
“There might be politicians from outside of Johor who are jealous of such a concept, claiming it will only bring disunity. Isn’t uniting all races under one bangsa creating unity, while political feuds create disharmony? Let us not be bothered by an old person who seems to have lost his mind,” said the sultan.
“Let us ignore the old man who has apparently gone crazy,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said the “Bangsa Johor” concept was unhealthy for the federation, as it could lead to feelings of superiority by some states over others.
Sultan Iskandar responded to say that it was the former prime minister who was responsible for much of the divisiveness in the country.
The sultan pointed out that Dr Mahathir was again seeking to divide the Malay community by introducing yet another communal political party, whereas the “Bangsa Johor” concept was about uniting the state’s people without regard to race.
The ruler’s remark was intensely debated in cyberspace, with many Facebook users concurring that Mahathir should not meddle in the Bangsa Johor issue.
8. China Investment In Johor
Mahathir Says Willing To Risk Being Arrested For Lese Majeste – FMT
In repeating his objection to China citizens buying up properties in Malaysia, especially Johor’s proposed Forest City development, Dr Mahathir said: “I hope that in responding to HRH’s challenge I will not be arrested and jailed without trial.”
The former prime minister said: “Let all transactions be transparent. Publish all documents about the investments, the number of workers, their home countries, the buyers, the banks which finance and all expatriation of funds. Do this honestly. No hiding.
“So let the truly international Transparency International examine the exposed official documents. Let the people see the documents to prove their genuineness.”
Demonising him, Dr Mahathir said, reflected “a fundamental lack of basis for the arguments against me”.
The Star had carried a report titled: “Sultan Ibrahim throws former premier a challenge”. It stated: “The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has thrown a challenge to former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – show Johor the big investors from Arab countries, Australia or the United States “instead of China bashing”.
And, in an interview, also published yesterday, The Star quoted Sultan Ibrahim as saying that Mahathir and his supporters had gone “too far” and were twisting facts regarding development projects in Johor.
“He (Dr Mahathir) is making allegations that 700,000 mainland Chinese will stay in JB, and that citizenships will be given away, and that huge tracts of land have been sold to the Chinese.
“He is giving the impression that Johor is surrendering land to the Chinese and that we are giving up our sovereignty, comparing even how we gave up Singapore to the British,” The Star quoted Sultan Ibrahim as saying.
After giving his points as to why there was no cause for alarm, the Sultan added: “Here, we have Dr Mahathir creating fear, using race, just to fulfil his political motives. He’s not stupid, he’s just selfish and opportunistic.”
9. Mahathir Under Attack from Johor Sultan For His Wild Remarks
The Sultan of Johor has criticised Dr Mahathir Mohamad for trying to play “racial politics” in an attempt to drive away mainland China investments from the state, The Star reported in an exclusive interview with the state monarch, published today.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar accused the former prime minister of “creating fear, using race to fulfil political motives”. “He’s playing the politics of fear and race, which have no place in Johor as I do not believe in racial politics. “He is insulting these rich Chinese property investors. They are not hard up for Malaysian citizenship. Many of them have properties in other countries including Australia and the United Kingdom.
“He’s not stupid, he’s just selfish and opportunistic,” Sultan Ibrahim told The Star, citing Mahathir’s allegations about Putrajaya intending to give Malaysian citizenship to 700,000 mainland Chinese intending to stay in Johor Baru (JB). The monarch said Mahathir had also crossed the line with his “lies” on the issue of land being sold to the Chinese.
“He is saying that huge tracts of land have been sold to the Chinese, giving the impression that Johor is surrendering land to the Chinese and that we are giving up our sovereignty. “He is even comparing how we gave up Singapore to the British,” Sultan Ibrahim was quoted as saying by the daily. The ruler was referring to reports over the past few months, where Mahathir had been attacking the Forest City development project in Johor, saying that “already thousands of units have been completed and sold to mainland Chinese.”
In simple language, these units are up in the air. They are strata units. “I would like to ask Mahathir if these foreign buyers can just take their apartments back home or carry off an inch of the reclaimed land,” Sultan Ibrahim said, according to The Star.
“He used to hate the western press but now he is quoting everything from the western press. He has forgotten many things he has done.
“I find that Mahathir and his allies are only talking negative things, most of which are a figment of his imagination and evil thoughts. “I feel sad for him because he had to lower himself to this point. It is okay to disagree but please do not concoct things,” The Star quoted Sultan Ibrahim as saying. – Mahathir Mohamed Blogspot
10. Johor Sultan Also Hurt By Mahathir’s ‘Bugis Pirate’ Remark
Speaking in an exclusive interview carried by the New Straits Times today, Sultan Ibrahim said he had also felt slighted by Mahathir’s words.
“I am of Bugis descent. The Sultan of Selangor is of Bugis descent. Many Johoreans are of Bugis descent. My ancestry can be traced to Riau-Lingga, where there are many Bugis people. What will the Bugis feel?
“Imagine if I say that Chinese were robbers. Won’t the Chinese feel slighted? If I say the Indians are murderers? The Indians will feel slighted,” he was quoted as saying. – FMT