Spat Escalates with Dr M Slamming TMJ as ‘Stupid Little Boy’

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Telling the crown prince to stop talking when he doesn’t know anything.

Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) is a “little boy who does not know anything”, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I don’t want to comment on the Sultan of Johor (Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar). If I say anything, that is not good – it is not nice because he is the Sultan.

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“This TMJ, he is a little boy,” said Dr Mahathir.

He was commenting on TMJ’s lament that the good deeds of the Palace of Johor were not being given enough credit and that this had further ruffled the relationship between the government and the Johor royals.

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“Well, he is stupid because he does not know what is happening. So, don’t talk. If you don’t know anything, don’t talk,” Dr Mahathir said.

He was speaking to the media at a group interview on May 6 held in conjunction with the upcoming first anniversary of Pakatan Harapan as the Federal Government.

TMJ had claimed the Johor royal family was a victim of “character assassination” and was being unfairly criticised over the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.

He also said that “only the ‘bad news’ was brought to the public’s attention”.

The crown prince is a noted critic of Pakatan Harapan and, prior to the 14th general election, appeared to stump for Barisan Nasional by urging voters to change a country’s fate and improving the system by changing it from the inside instead of bringing down a government.

Similarly, Dr Mahathir has a history of disagreements with the Malay Rulers, notably during his first stint as prime minister from 1981 to 2003.

However, he today dismissed notions of any tiff with the Johor palace.


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