TMJ: Dr M was dishonest to Rulers

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Dr Mahathir Mohamad was “dishonest” to both the Conference of Rulers and the people, Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said in refuting claims about the Johor royal family by the former prime minister.

In his latest memoir “Capturing Hope: The Struggle Continues for a New Malaysia,” Mahathir recalled the opposition he faced from the Johor royals when Pakatan Harapan (PH) attempted to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and accede to the Rome Statute.

The Rome Statute would have empowered the International Criminal Court to prosecute and punish perpetrators of war crimes, genocide, and the like.

He wrote that Tunku Ismail’s claims that his government had not consulted the rulers before agreeing to the Rome Statute was untrue, as leaders had visited the King despite not needing to do so “out of respect for the palace.”

“The government had no obligation to seek consent from the Conference of Rulers as there was no constitutional amendment involved in acceding to the Rome Statute,” he said.

Mahathir also said that Tunku Ismail’s father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, had caused a “setback” in the government’s attempts to ratify ICERD and the Rome Statute when he accused the government of violating the Constitution and affecting the position of the monarchy, Malays, and Islam.

In response, Tunku Ismail wrote on Facebook that “by attacking the royal institution, Tun will not be able to solve national problems that were created by Tun (himself), including the racial divide and assimilation issues.”

“With regard to the Rome Statute and ICERD issues, not only was Tun Mahathir dishonest to the Conference of Rulers, but Tun was also not completely honest to the people.”

He said that one reason for his own opposition to both international agreements was that agreeing to them in a hurry would threaten the well-being of the people and the privileges afforded to Malays.

“I was educated from an early age to always respect all religions and people of different races. My family and I have also made contributions to people of all races and religions, and will continue to assist in the welfare of all races.

“But I am also a Malay and have not forgotten my duty to defend Islam. That is why I opposed the Rome Statute and ICERD.”

Tunku Ismail also said that unfulfilled promises made by Mahathir constituted a “betrayal”, an apparent reference to the PH manifesto. – FMT