Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim was entitled to his own opinion on the Rome Statute.
“He is not an elected representative. He only speaks for himself,” Dr Mahathir said at a press conference in Parliament, here, today.
Yesterday, Wisma Putra assured that the monarchy’s status and position would not be threatened after Malaysia acceded to the Rome Statute, a treaty governing the International Criminal Court.
Wisma Putra was responding to criticism by Tunku Ismail who claimed that the treaty would render the Malay rulers status irrelevant.
In a string of tweets, the Johor Crown Prince claimed that he was informed that the Rulers were never consulted, prior to Malaysia acceding to the Rome Statute.
“If this was the case, you have undermined the Majlis Raja-Raja (Rulers’ Council),” Tunku Ismail posted on Twitter.
Tunku Ismail also remarked that Malaysia’s accession was done hastily without considering the legal implications, especially towards Malaysia’s sovereignty and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s immunity.
“Article 27 of the Rome Statute provides that immunity or special regulations applicable to anyone in office under domestic and international laws will not hinder the International Criminal Court from enforcing its authority on such persons,” he said.
“This Article is an important aspect that encroaches upon the immunity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers under Article 32(1), Article 181(2), Article 182 and Article 183 of the Federal Constitution.
“In this matter, any amendment towards the Federal Constitution that involves the special rights and immunity of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Malay Rulers needs the prior approval of the Malay Rulers’ Council, in line with Matter (4) of Article 38 of the Federal Constitution,” the Johor Crown Prince or TMJ as he is more commonly known as, added.
Dr M: TMJ doesn’t understand how the federation works
The federal government has the right to respond to comments made by the Malay Rulers over its administration of the country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said this in response to Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim’s (TMJ) comment which urged the Pakatan Harapan government to stop politicising every issue and start governing the country.
“He (TMJ) doesn’t understand the federation. Perhaps he wasn’t born during that time, so he is unaware, but I was born at that time.
“When we formed the federation, it meant the federation governs the whole nation.