‘Jo­hor Sul­tanate never took from the rakyat’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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.

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