I am a father figure to all Johoreans, says Sultan Ibrahim
I am a father figure to all Johoreans and I must teach them the right way. Q: How about your social media posts. Do you think some people might not get the right message you are trying to convey? A:
Some will be accepting and some will be negative.
I do not hope that all my advice is heeded. Criticism is normal. We must accept criticism. When we receive criticism, we have to ask ourselves, have I been right all this time?
If possible, I want my critics to meet me. We can sit at the table and discuss whatever it is about me that is bothering them.
Maybe they have an idea that they are unable to convey and only know how to criticise.
Sit with me and I am all ears. On Facebook, there are many critics. If you are afraid of being criticised, then you should not be on Facebook 24 hours a day.
People on social media should not write nonsense.
I used to be inept at using the iPad, but now, I spend eight hours a day using it to read the news and see whether there are comments.
Sometimes, we get offended at the comments but that’s fine. I will look a bit at those things and not read too much into them.
Some are sour grapes and others are jealous with what I do.
I just want to say that in the six years of ruling Johor, the state has changed, but I hope my son will see through even more progress when he takes over. Q: In your opinion, why has Johor been the target of criticism by outsiders from the state?
We have to look at history since the reign of Temenggong Abu Bakar, who is also referred to as Sultan Abu Bakar. We have to look back at how he strived during his reign.
At that time, rulers from other states did not look highly upon Sultan Abu Bakar as they regarded him as someone who was not of the royal bloodline and someone who was not supposed to sit on the throne.
Once, there was a ceremony attended by Sultan Abu Bakar which the other rulers refused to attend.
In fact, the other Malay rulers were worried about the ruler’s integrity and charisma as he had the support from, and political influence over the British.
The Malay rulers were worried because Sultan Abu Bakar was English educated and because he had travelled around the world six times at that time.
He was the first ruler who sailed to London in the United Kingdom and met with Queen Victoria.
We were the first to establish a Council of Ministers, and it was done 20 years before the British established a similar council in Perak.
These were the reasons why many people were envious of the achievements of the state and it has continued till today as whatever happens in Johor will attract attention of those from outside Johor.
Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar says he is willing to meet his critics and discuss whatever is bothering them.