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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Crown Prince claims dad, him under Special Branch watch

The Tengku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Ibrahim alleged Wednesday that his phone has been bugged and his movements were being monitored by the police Special Branch (SB) unit.

The Johor crown prince also suggested that Bukit Aman could be keeping files on both him and his father the Sultan.

Tunku Ismail's remarks were made at random during an interview regarding the FA Cup finals that was posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.

In the interview, the prince, who was posed only football-related questions, was asked at the end for his message to fans and players. The interviewee also asked the prince if there may be "anything" he might want to add in his interview sign-off.

"Yes. I don't understand why my phone is bugged. I don't understand why my movements are monitored by the Special Branch. I don't understand why they need a file about me or my father in Bukit Aman," Tunku Ismail.

"I'm a leader who cares for my people. Not a terrorist. I'm not dangerous. I have never killed anyone," he added.

It is not immediately known what triggered Tunku Ismail's remarks.

When contacted, Bukit Aman Special Branch director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the matter should be referred to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for comment.

There should be a clear line drawn between the roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces and the Johor Military Force (JMF) or Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri, said Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

The Johor Ruler said that Sultan Sir Abu Bakar Daeng Ibrahim had established the JMF in 1886 with the purpose of protecting Johor's safety and the king.

"The JMF was not intended to be the country's first line of defence, thus the word 'timbalan' (deputy) in its name, clearly reflecting its role as the second line," he said.

The Sultan added that no one should attempt to ruin the good ties established between the Armed Forces and JMF.

He also took the opportunity to thank the Federal and Johor government leaderships for helping strengthen JMF as an organisation by approving additional recruitment and salary adjustments that are on par with the Armed Forces.

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