Tunku Ismail Ibrahim clarified that his “Malaysia not my country” was made in jest at the end of a one-hour dialogue yesterday.
He then took local Malay dailies to task for focusing on the comment that upset local fans, labelling it “cheap gossip” and urged Putrajaya to shut the newspapers down.
“After a dialogue of more than an hour regarding football and current issues, only the joke in my last 20 seconds of my dialogue is trending now,” the prince said in a statement posted online.
He added that is one of the reasons why he does not read newspapers in this country anymore.
“Their persistence to sell the newspaper have resulted in them writing news and articles similar to a gossip magazine. To my foreign friends, this is a true example of the now infamous slogan ‘Malaysia Boleh’.
“This is the mentality of our Malay society in some places in Malaysia. Every month, millions of money are given to Kosmo which is under the Utusan flagship but their main purpose is only to instigate people and write news such as cheap gossips.
“My advice to the government, it may be best if you just shut this newspaper company down rather than wasting people’s money,” Tunku Ibrahim said in the statement.
“When a long article is written, people are lazy to read. There are even some that may not fully understand. Even when a live video is broadcasted, they still can’t comprehend?
I’ve been informed regarding efforts to enhance the education system in this country and I think the authorities need to execute it as soon as possible because there are 3 crucial factors that should be given attention in the country.
The lack of education, bribery and extremism. If it continues, the future of our kids and grandchildren will be bleak,” he also said in the post.
In the reports, Tunku Ismail was quoted distancing himself from the national football team after it lost 0-2 to Hong Kong in an Asian Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.
“That’s your country’s team, not my country. I’m from Johor, you know,” the prince said during a media session in Johor Baru earlier this week. The event was broadcast live on Facebook.
At the end of his online statement, the crown prince said: “No one took note of the important issues but the joke or the small talks was given the limelight. Malaysia…”