Khalid Samad appeals to Agong to act on rumours linking Pahang palace and logging

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Agong’s name allegedly misused for logging.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has urged the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to act against people who have been spreading rumours about the palace for personal gain.

Khalid said in a statement if the issue was not addressed, it may bring down the royal institution, which, he said, was one of the main foundations of the country.

“Following the floods that hit the country, especially in Pahang, many rumours spread involving the good name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the relatives of the Sultan of Pahang in relation to logging in the state.”

“I am sure, Tuanku Yang di-Pertuan Agong has nothing to do with this matter and, on the contrary, His Majesty’s name and (that of the) Pahang palace have been used by the unscrupulous.”

“His Majesty’s good name has been tarnished by irresponsible parties who are greedily looting the hills of Pahang.”

“In relation to that, I sincerely request the king clear his good name by making a statement and distancing His Majesty from those who use Tuanku’s name for their own benefit.”

“I request that Tuanku also order that action be taken against those who are misusing Tuanku’s name and that all logging activities that destroy the environment be stopped immediately,” he said.

Khalid is the latest to raise the matter after Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM) had also denounced the rumours.

This came after a video was circulated on social media showing a verbal confrontation where a “Datin” accused a man of damaging the environment, but the man rebutted her by stating that he was from the Pahang royalty and will be “meeting with Tuanku”.

“The man appeared to claim he had the protection of the palace and people with the title of ‘Tan Sri’ or ‘Datuk Seri’ are small and there was nothing to be worried about because he was with the palace,” Khalid said.

Logging activities have been under the spotlight after parts of the country suffered flash floods due to sustained rain.

The situation in Pahang has raised eyebrows as flooding there had brought with it a large number of logs, raising concerns over whether logging was partially responsible for the disaster.

The Pahang Forestry Department claimed the washed logs were from landslides.

However, environmental groups have highlighted that some of the logs were sawed-off.