Sul­tan warns of de­vi­ous lead­ers

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JOHOR BARU: Sul­tan of Johor Sul­tan Ibrahim Iskan­dar has ad­vised the peo­ple not to be swayed by politi­cians in­tend­ing to seize power through de­vi­ous means.

Speak­ing at a tea party he hosted for Chi­nese com­mu­nity lead­ers at De­wan Cina, Is­tana Be­sar here yes­ter­day, he said peo­ple were be­gin­ning to feel the in­sta­bil­ity in the coun­try.

“This may be due to the on­go­ing rift be­tween the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who have their own agen­das to seize power. They of­ten bring up sen­si­tive is­sues that could desta­bilise the peace and har­mony of the peo­ple.”

With­out nam­ing par­ties, he said such politi­cians would use any av­enue to at­tain their goals, in­clud­ing caus­ing chaos.

“How­ever, when things get out of hand, I am sure they would leave the coun­try and let the peo­ple suf­fer the con­se­quences.”

Sul­tan Ibrahim also slammed op­po­nents of Bangsa Johor.

“Per­haps there are politi­cians out­side Johor who are jeal­ous of the con­cept, claim­ing it causes di­vi­sions. But doesn’t the uni­fi­ca­tion of races cre­ate unity?”

He also told Jo­hore­ans “not to bother about old peo­ple who ap­pear to have lost their minds”.

In­stead, he called on them to be proud of be­ing Bangsa Johor and set an ex­am­ple by be­ing united.

“While we of­ten talk about racial unity, it has yet to see full suc­cess. This is due to the ex­ist­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem be­gin­ning from pri­mary school which re­mains sep­a­rated by race,” he said.

Sul­tan Ibrahim watches a Chi­nese folk dance dur­ing the tea party. On his left is state tourism, do­mes­tic trades and con­sumerism com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.

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