Johor palace expresses reservations about PM appointment process

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The Johor Royal Palace has posted cryptic social media messages, which appear to indicate Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar and Crown Prince Ismail Idris were not happy with the process of appointing a new prime minister.

Coming just hours before the Malay Rulers are due to meet to discuss the appointment, Sultan Ibrahim posted a quote from Abu Hurairah on the three signs of a hypocrite.

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘The signs of a hypocrite are three: 1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise). 3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest (if you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it)’.”

Crown Prince Ismail followed up with his posting to say: “a true leader cannot be bought”.

The text was accompanied by the flag of Johor. However, a couple of other similar social media postings were deleted soon after being posted.

It is not clear what prompted the sultan and his son to post the messages.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was in support of a unity government, which would see all parties involved in running the country.

The Agong apparently feels this will work better in addressing the current health and economic crises.

Yesterday, the Agong met with the 114 MPs who have pledged support for Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The Umno vice-president, was briefly deputy prime minister in Muhyddin Yassin’s cabinet until Muhyiddin resigned on Monday.

Meanwhile, 95 MPs are reported to have backed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for the position. – TMI