Tun Mahathir : TMJ Doesn't Understand How The Federation Works - "He ( TMJ ) Has No Position ( In The Government)" - The Coverage

Tun Mahathir : TMJ Doesn’t Understand How The Federation Works – “He ( TMJ ) Has No Position ( In The Government)”

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.

“We have a list of what is governed by the federation and by the states. However, it is not stated anywhere that the federation cannot issue statements in response to statements issued by the states,” he said at a press conference after chairing the Pakatan presidential council meeting on Friday (Jan 4).

When asked what he thought of the Johor Crown Prince’s impression of Pakatan’s administration of the country, Dr Mahathir merely said: “He has no position (in the government).”

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On Thursday, Tunku Ismail said that he really wanted the government to be successful.

“I wake up everyday hoping to be wrong. But they keep proving me right. I did the same with the old government, and I’m doing the same now.

“No difference. Just wanting the best for the people.

“Some may not like what I say, but that’s the challenge. To keep speaking up for the rakyat who can’t,” he wrote on his Facebook page.




  1. Jaga Kain

    January 5, 2019 at 11:32

    He has no idea how much he is liked too… maybe he should contest in Johor and see how well he will fair !

    To give him a headstart ..contest in AEON Tebrau area

  2. Belle

    January 5, 2019 at 18:32

    Tun M : Mat Sabu, how is our army doing ?
    Mat Sabu : Tun, I am very scared……I cannot talk about our army anymore. I cannot talk to reporters also.
    Tun M : Why……..what happened ?
    Mat Sabu : You said that TMJ cannot talk about the federal government because when the federation was formed he was not born yet.
    Tun M : Yeah…..so what is the problem with that?
    Mat Sabu : Tun, our army was first established in 1933. And I was born in 1954 only. How would I know anything about the army?
    Tun M : But you are the Defense Minister!!!!!!

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