‘Don’t med­dle in Jo­hor’s af­fairs’

New Straits Times - - News -

Fifty non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) gath­ered at the Muar Sta­dium here yes­ter­day to voice their sup­port for Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar.

The NGOs, un­der the ban­ner of Ma­jlis Penye­laras Gabun­gan NGO Me­layu Negeri Jo­hor (Gabung Jo­hor), con­demned Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s al­leged med­dling in the state’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Gabung Jo­hor vice-president Ab­dul­lah Md Yu­sof said the for­mer prime min­is­ter should not ques­tion the way the state gov­ern­ment was run.

“Dur­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion, there were a lot of wrong­do­ings that Dr Ma­hathir ei­ther ig­nored or cov­ered up.”

Ab­dul­lah and some 100 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing the NGOs gath­ered at Sta­dium Sul­tan Ibrahim here, hold­ing ban­ners sup­port­ing Sul­tan Ibrahim and con­demn­ing Dr Ma­hathir.

He said it was dur­ing the for­mer prime min­is­ter’s ad­min­is­tra­tion that the power of the Malay rulers were curbed.

“He (Dr Ma­hathir) is med­dling in the state’s af­fairs and go­ing against the wishes of Sul­tan Ibrahim. The peo­ple of Jo­hor will al­ways stand be­hind our ruler. He is not wel­come in Jo­hor.”

Ab­dul­lah said the NGOs in Jo­hor had lodged 115 police re­ports against Dr Ma­hathir.

“I urge the police to take ac­tion against Dr Ma­hathir, even though he is a for­mer prime min­is­ter. We will con­tinue to lodge re­ports un­til ac­tion is taken against him.”

He said Gabung Jo­hor would or­gan­ise a big­ger gath­er­ing at the same venue if no ac­tion was taken against the for­mer prime min­is­ter.

PIC BY ADI SAFRI

Mem­bers of Ma­jlis Penye­laras Gabun­gan NGO Me­layu Jo­hor hold­ing ban­ners at Sta­dium Sul­tan Ibrahim in Muar, Jo­hor, yes­ter­day.

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