Rulers are above politics and 1MDB is a scandal - AMPUN TUANKU
In mid April, amidst open criticisms against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak following the unveiling of the 1MDB scandal, DYMM Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah urged the people to support the Pekan Member of Parliament.
Slightly a month later, amidst growing calls for his resignation and further damning revelation of the multi-billion ringgit 1MDB scandal, Najib ignored prevailing public sentiments and re-emphasised that he enjoyed the full support of Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Some questioned the rationale behind DYMM Sultan Ahmad Shah's open endorsement of the illustrious Tun Abdul Razak's son and Najib's crowing of the support he enjoyed from the Pahang palace but the rest of us basically took it as signs of the Prime Minister's desperate political situation.
Then came the #Nothing2Hide shame last Friday, courtesy of Najib's able aides and advisors.
#Nothing2Hide became #Everything2Hide and drew a Royal rebuke from the Crown Prince of Johore HRH Brigadier General Tunku Ismail ibni Sultan Ibrahim.
I believe TMJ's royal rebuke struck a chord with many a Malaysian, including those who have been strong supporters or rather sympatisers of the Prime Minister.
A quick look at unadulterated figures and comments on social media alone would prove this widespread approval of the strong message from the Johore Palace.
The Crown Prince captured many, particularly the idealistic younger generation, with his frank take on politicians and their repeated antics of taking the rakyat for a ride. On Friday the ride was called #Nothing2Hide.
Did Najib learn the hard way, after Friday's royal rebuke, that 'playing' with the palace was a double-edged sword?
Sources say that may not be the case. There are, they claim, renewed attempts to drag the Raja-Raja Melayu deeper into the current political turmoil as Najib's position as Prime Minister becomes increasingly untenable with each passing day.
Some of his learned aides and advisors seem to be very keen in soliciting unanimous support from all nine Malay Rulers, via the Rulers Conference, to boost their boss' tainted imagine and waning support.
It appears that almost all the Prime Minister's men now have their fingers pointed at others rather than to admit that the real issue is the unexplained 1MDB scandal and the missing BILLIONS of RINGGIT, kickback from IPPs included.
I hope common sense prevails among our politicians and their highly paid aides and advisors, including those expatriates who may not understand our culture and customs.
The 238th Rulers Conference starts tomorrow in Istana Negara and DYMM Sultan Ahmad Shah the Sultan of Pahang is expected to chair the two-day conference. AMPUN TUANKU!