SOCIAL media users have praised Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and called him a hero for writing an article that echoed their sentiments about the state of Malaysia.
Facebook users all over Malaysia are thanking him for speaking up against the corruption and wrongdoings in the article that was posted late last night on the popular Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.
Max Yeo wrote: “The prince that speaks his people’s language… thank you for speaking for us… may the Lord be with you.” while Gilbert Gan said: “Well said, Tengku. Education and moral (values) are the keys to improving Malaysia.”
“TMJ (Tuanku Mahkota Johor), simply the best Jewel in the Crown… You nailed it Tuanku,” Hasnah Ijam said.
Many hope Tunku Ismail’s words will send a clear message to the government.
“Daulat Tuanku. Very, very well said and direct. I hope and pray it knocks some sense in some numbskulls. I pray you have great health and keep guiding us. Daulat Tuanku. Yours. Bangsa Johor,” Gurdip Singh Toor commented.
Some also praised Tunku Ismail for highlighting the problems plaguing the nation when he could have chosen to keep quiet.
Eddy Effendy said Tunku Ismail did not even have to bother and could have kept silent, which would be easier to do, since he hasd everything and need only to take care of Johor.
“Why did he speak up for the people? Why is he taking the trouble? Because TMJ’s thinking is far ahead into the future. He is thinking of the rakyat’s future and the future of Malaysia,” he said.
Azman A. Hamid said he was glad Tunku Ismail wrote the message because ordinary Malaysians might risk facing sedition charges if they posted something in the same tone.
“If an ordinary Malaysian citizen wrote that, chances are he or she might be charged with sedition. Who knows but in Malaysia anything is possible.
“Regardless I am very glad TMJ wrote this. He has no fear because you really don’t want to mess with any royal family members,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tabari Michalak Tanyit Udie commented: “I agree with TMJ’s remark on Malays being preoccupied with becoming Arabs the most. Malays like to be Arabs more than the Arabs.”
Some Facebook users like Dzulkeffly Hassan also asked Tunku Ismail to use his authority and influence to correct the wrongs in the country.
Well-known lawyer and activist Siti Kasim, who shared a news article on the crown prince’s post on her Facebook page, also urged Tunku Ismail to do something about the current state of affairs.
“Please DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota Johor, do something for our country… Don’t just write on social media… Thank you…” she commented.
Nurul Atika said the strength of the country was also in the hands of the Sultans, who should do something to help the people who were poor and powerless.
“If TMJ is reading this, (I want to say that) Johor citizens want trustworthy people in the administration. Please look at Johor Umno too. Many of the party’s branches here are filled with those who only care for themselves,” Atan Rizal said.
Saharudin Tumin even asked the crown prince to abolish Umno in Johor and replace Umno leaders with those who are more knowledgeable.
There were also many who asked what was next, now that even a crown prince has spoken up against the administration.
“Regular people like us have been saying all sorts of things, but when TMJ speaks, everyone agrees. There are some who agree but are forced to shut their eyes and mouths.
“What do we do next? Are we brave enough to make a change? Think about it when the time comes to vote,” said Zak Kimiza.
One Nafrayrommy Ray cheekily asked why no ministers had commented on Tunku Ismail’s remarks.
“In the many comments here (Southern Johor Tigers Facebook page), there are none by the ministers or politicians. I am just asking. Have they read it, but just keeping quiet?”
Tunku Ismail’s article on the Facebook page has been liked by 16,500, shared by over 4,900, and commented by over 1,300 people. Some 1,000 responded that they “love” the post while 700 felt sad after reading it.