I am a fa­ther fig­ure to all Jo­hore­ans, says Sul­tan Ibrahim

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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?

A:

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.

PIC BY ZAIN AHMED

Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskandar says he is will­ing to meet his crit­ics and dis­cuss what­ever is both­er­ing them.

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