Sul­tan Ibrahim: Jo­hor awards can­not be bought

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JO­HOR BARU: Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar has re­minded outof-state peo­ple against be­ing cheated by in­di­vid­u­als who claim that the state’s awards can be bought.

He said the state hon­ours were valu­able and no one could nom­i­nate a name ex­cept with his per­sonal con­sent.

“But, if there are peo­ple who are will­ing to be cheated, it’s up to them. Don’t blame me.”

Sul­tan Ibrahim said the awards were con­ferred based on an in­di­vid­ual’s merit and loy­alty to the ruler and the state gov­ern­ment.

He hoped the Jo­hor Em­blems, Ti­tles and Awards (Pre­ven­tion of Im­proper Use) En­act­ment 2017, which was ap­proved at the Jo­hor State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly re­cently, would be im­ple­mented im­me­di­ately.

He said this was to curb the abuse of the state em­blem by ir­re­spon­si­ble groups to de­ceive peo­ple.

The sul­tan hoped that with the ex­is­tence of the reg­u­la­tion, there would no longer be any case of cheat­ing in­volv­ing the awards.

He said the em­blem was a sym­bol of the state’s sovereignty, which must be pro­tected, not abused and sold, at will.

The sul­tan said anyone mak­ing, sell­ing, us­ing or dis­play­ing pro­hib­ited sym­bols, such as the Jo­hor coat of arms or the crown, would be pe­nalised or fined a min­i­mum of RM250,000, or face a year’s jail.

“For in­di­vid­u­als us­ing ti­tles or awards that they are not en­ti­tled to or had been re­voked, they will face a min­i­mum fine of RM100,000 or a year’s jail.”

On another is­sue, Sul­tan Ibrahim called on the me­dia to be more re­spon­si­ble in con­vey­ing news.

He said news should be based on facts, in­stead of ru­mours or vi­ral sto­ries.

He made the call be­cause the me­dia, at times, liked to ex­ag­ger­ate sen­sa­tional sto­ries or pit one leader against another to at­tract read­ers’ at­ten­tion for profit.

“This only cre­ates con­fu­sion or ha­tred among the peo­ple, which will lead to dis­unity.” Ber­nama

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