‘Johor Sultanate never took from the rakyat’
PETALING JAYA: The Johor monarchy has never taken from the rakyat, and in fact has donated its entire state government allocations to its people since the late 1800’s, according to the state palace.
The statement comes in light of an allegation that about a quarter billion ringgit was purportedly spent on Sultan Muhammad V in the 16 months since he became the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The King has since announced he would be taking a 10% cut in his allowances and emoluments as head of state, citing concern over the country’s debt and economic situation.
The post uploaded on the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s Facebook page yesterday said the initiative by Sultans to donate their incomes to Johoreans began in the era of Sultan Sir Ibrahim Sultan Abu Bakar in 1899.
“This initiative was then continued and adjusted during the reign of Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, where the allocations were channelled to a foundation known as the Sultan Iskandar Foundation. In fact, when he was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1984 to 1989, all of his salary and allowances given by the federal government were donated to the foundation.”
Teresa Kok (second from left) receiving a RM100,000 contribution from Lew (third from left) at her office yesterday.