The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, said he was angry with former Perak menteri besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin for his recent comments on the ‘WWW1' licence plate issue, adding that it was not necessary for the ruler to publicise all he did for charity.
In addressing the opening of the Johor state legislative assembly at Nusajaya, the sultan was quoted by The Star Online as saying that people like Nizar should not comment on things he does not know about.
“Has he forgotten our Malay customs or is he indeed ignorant and shallow-minded,” the ruler asked, adding that Nizar should not act smart when he has no knowledge over what was happening.
Nizar, who is being investigated for sedition for his alleged Twitter remarks, said he had sought an audience with the Johor ruler to apologise.
He claimed Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd had been playing up the licence plate issue since early April.
Quoting Utusan Malaysia’s sister paper Kosmo!, the former Perak MB said the daily has been following up on the number-plate bid and in one of its reports on May 25, there were infographics stating that the RM520,000 could have been used to purchase a three-storey house in Bangi, Selangor, or a BMW, or a shoplot in a business district in Shah Alam or 2.777kg of 916-certified gold.
“My tweets were misrepresented as criticism of the sultan when the tweets were not directed to anyone in particular,” said Nizar.
It was reported that the Johor ruler had successfully bid for the WWW1 plate and that the Johor sultan had in a rally over the weekend asked Nizar to apologise to the people of Johor.