Sultan Ibrahim of Johor
When I watched yesterday’s Nightline on TV3 about HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar’s purchase of the registration number WWW 1, I was waiting to see how long it would take for an uninformed individual, more likely a politician who is bankrupt of ideas to try to stir up a storm.
True enough it had to be an imbecile who lost his party’s state government while his term was still in duration.
I often end up in confrontation with people with small minds when they are quick to judge others with money questioning their conviction towards social responsibility.
What makes plain people think that by spoiling themselves with some extravagance, the rich don’t contribute to charity and nation building? There are many of the rich who’ve had a downturn and became poor again while those who remained wealthy could have sustained it because of their goodwill and charitable nature.
Ever since I was in school, it was a known fact that the Johor Sultan was the richest among the nine Royal Families.
Perhaps Nizar might have forgotten that when Almarhum Sultan Iskandar of Johor was the Yang DiPertuan Agong, His Majesty donated the King’s remuneration over the 5 years to establish a Scholarship fund for those deprived among his subjects.
HRH Sultan Ibrahim is also known for a good number of years now ever since he was the Tunku Mahkota, to have initiated and personally participated in the Kembara Mahkota, which travels across the State to interact with the Rakyat and hear their problems while trying to solve them either personally, or with the help of the relevant authorities.
HRH is also known to have personally purchased vehicles for the police including the ones used to escort his motorcade. No Rakyat funds were used to flank him around with the Harley Davidsons etc.
Nizar Jamaluddin Who Lost Perak From Under His Defaced Songkok
Earlier today it was reported that former Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin suggested that the money used to acquire the registration plate WWW 1 could have been employed to serve the poor. This could have left a general impression that HRH the Sultan of Johor who won the bid neglected his less fortunate subjects by being extravagant.
This was reported to be the response of HRH the Tunku Mahkota of Johor to Nizar and those who share his views.
"JOHOR Royal Family does Not take any Money from the Government. Since the time of Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim. Feel free to ask the MB or any Government officials.
The Money allocated to My Father and I every month as a Sultan and Tunku Mahkota is put into Yayasan Iskandar and. Yayasan Ibrahim.
The purpose of these foundations(Yayasan Iskandar and Yayasan Ibrahim)is for the Rakyat and to assist the Johor State Government. I my self, since the time I was the Raja Muda, Never took 1 cent from the Government till this very Day. Its my Rakyat's Money.
So before You Open your mouth. Do your research!!! ..."
Tunku Mahkota of Johor
This winning bid for the number WWW1 is actually paid from HRH’s own pocket into the Government treasury, which if Nizar may overlook, goes back to the Rakyat in the form of services and improvements on infrastructure.
HRH The Sultan of Johor did NOT obtain the registration number WWW 1 for free or without paying. He made a bid like other members of the Rakyat without taking favours or abusing his power.
The Citizens And Subjects Of Johor Darul Taqzim Are Not Vulnerable And Easily Duped Into Buying An Alien’s Sales Pitch On The Pretext Of Safeguarding Their Interest, Especially With The General Elections Just A Few Blocks Away.
The Great State Of Johor Is A Healthy One. If There Is A Small Section That Is Poor, It Is By Choice And Not By Circumstance. Even Then, Their Welfare Is Being Observed And Served By UMNO At All Levels And The Johor Government Not To Mention The Royal Palace And Responsible Citizens.
Johorians Know What We Are Worth And More Importantly, We Know What Our Sultan Can Afford!
Long Live Sultan Ibrahim!