Umno information minister Annuar Musa refused to comment on Johor crown prince’s insinuation that he used funds meant for Kelantan to buy himself a luxury car.
“Strictly no comment,” he said when contacted.
Tunku Ismail Ibrahim had earlier said Annuar should have used funds allegedly allocated to wrest Kelantan back from PAS for people’s welfare “instead of buying a Porsche Panamera”.
The prince said that after Annuar said the Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club (JDT) is ruining the football scene by overpaying players.
JDT is owned by Tunku Ismail, while Annuar recently resigned as president of Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) which is in financial dire straits.
Annuar’s refusal to comment comes as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman urged him to apologise for allegedly offending Tunku Ismail.
“I advise Annuar to reflect before questioning the management of JDT under Tunku Ismail.
“Resolve the problems faced by Kafa, don’t just abandon it in hopes that the federal or state government will save it,” Syed Saddiq said.
The Johorean said before Tunku Ismail got involved in football management in Johor, the Larkin stadium was in a state of disrepair with broken benches, peeling paint and filthy toilets.
“Today many improvements have been made under JDT’s new management, improvements which have revived Johor’s football spirit,” he said in a statement.
Syed Saddiq also urged Annuar to respond to the prince’s insinuation about the Porsche, and for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to probe Annuar for allegedly living beyond his means.
In a thinly-veiled warning, Tunku Ismail earlier also reminded Annuar that Johor has so far remained an Umno stronghold, but things could change if Umno does not behave.
“The day for people to cast their votes is edging closer, so don’t stir up the hornet’s nest because there will be consequences,” he warned.
“Don’t be a liability to your own party. You clearly have your own interest within the party,” the prince said.
He also told Annuar to help Kafa settle its RM6.7 million debts before commenting on other clubs.