The Johor Council of Royal Court is taking actions against local social-political site, The Independent SG (TISG) for a report made on 5 March which involved the Johor Crown Prince, Tourism Minister, Nazri Aziz and Malaysian businessman Robert Kuok.
TISG reported that the Johor Crown Prince defended his right to use vulgar words against a Malaysian Minister who used vulgarities against a Malaysian businessman. It wrote as part of the quotes,
“In return, the Crown Prince said: “Since you started using vulgarities against a most decent gentleman and my good friend, Robert Kuok, I can do the same too.”
The report was said to be based on a statement signed off by the crown prince that is circulating in WhatsApp in Malaysia and Singapore.
The report has since been edited to state, “The following article has not met our editorial standards and has been duly retracted. It was the result of a process that on this occasion failed to rise to our standards of argument and editorial treatment. For this failure and for the grievances caused, we apologize.”
According to Malaysiakini, the President of the Johor Council of Royal Court Abdul Rahim Ramli has issued a statement decrying the report made by TISG.
The statement wrote, “I strongly condemn the action of Singapore’s The Independent paper of using and manipulating the crown prince of Johor’s statement on a political issue between Nazri and Kuok.”
“The crown prince has never made any statement on the issue.”
“The legal team of the Johor royal family and the Johor chief of police will pursue necessary actions,” he added in a statement.
Abdul Rahim emphasised that all statements from the sultan or crown prince are only released through The Royal Johor (Royal Press Office) official page, Johor Southern Tigers official page and The Star newspaper.
According to Johor police chief Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd, a report has been lodged on the article published in TISG and the matter is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.