OUTSIDERS don’t need to educate Johor on how to run the state, as it has a long tradition of administration, said Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
In what is seen as remarks targeted at Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the ruler said outsiders need not “jump aimlessly” to talk about who is in control and on how to run the state.
“Johor’s sovereignty, Islam, and Malay privileges must be protected from outsiders who hide behind human rights,” he said.
In the past week, a cold war developed between Putrajaya and the Johor palace over the issue of the Johor menteri besar.
The sultan said the state’s constitution gave him the right to decide on how the state is run, but Dr Mahathir rebutted by saying that Johor was part of Malaysia and not an independent country.
Before the menteri besar issue, the Johor palace and Putrajaya had been at loggerheads over the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court.
The Johor palace had objected to the federal government’s plan to ratify the treaty, saying that it would affect the position of the Malay rulers.
Following objections from the Malay rulers and the Malay ground, Putrajaya backtracked on its decision.
This morning Bukit Kepong assemblyman Dr Sahruddin Jamal became the new Johor menteri besar. He replaces Osman Sapian, who resigned earlier this week.
Dr Sahruddin, 43, is a first-term assemblyman and was Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman.
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT