Nizar said his statement was not intended to insult the Sultan of Johor (graphics by:Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin,
who is accused of being uncouth for his Twitter postings relating to the Johor Sultan's purchase of the WWW 1 number plate, said he will apologise to the Ruler if he finds his remarks offensive.
"If the Sultan finds my statement offensive, I will apologise to him," Nizar said when contacted by The Mole.
“I did not intend to hurt or insult anyone. When I made the comments on Twitter, what I meant was the RM520,000 (paid for the number) can be used in helping the people,” he added.
Asked whether he knew that the highest bidder is the Sultan of Johor when he made the Twitterremarks, Nizar said he knew about it.
He said: “My point was not about who bought the car plate number. I was only stressing the fact that a lot could be done for Johoreans with that amount of money.”
A few blogs have highlighted how Nizar’s remarks were considered uncouth and disrespectful to the Johor royal institution.
A post at MyNews Hub stated: “Nizar is simply trying to raise the sentiment of hate among rakyat, as if DYMM Sultan Johor used rakyat’s money to bid.”
Commenting on this, Nizar denied accusing the Sultan for misusing the people’s funds in acquiring the car plate number.
“If you refer to my Twitter, I never accused the Sultan of such doings,” he explained.
Nizar told The Mole even if the highest bidder of the plate number is a Pas leader, he would still stand by what he said on the basis that the high amount paid in securing the bid for the number is a sheer waste of money.
The state assemblyman for Pasir Panjang on his Twitter account on Monday said: “rm520k bolih dibelanjakan membantu rakyat melayu johor yg masih ramai miskin serta memerlukan bantuan utk kprluan hidup,bina 20 rumah pprt!” (RM 520,000 can be used to help the Johor Malay community who are still poor and in need of aids, (it) can build 20 PHP (People’s Housing Project).”
“The Barisan Nasional government had been giving out aid to the people under BR1M and other programs but on the other hand the people were told that a huge number of money was spent for a car plate number. I think it is such a waste of money,” Nizar added.
Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Idris Ibni Sultan Ibrahim had written in a Twitter post on Monday denying Johor the royal family had taken any money from the government.
Meanwhile member of parliament for Sri Gading Datuk Mohamad Aziz said Nizar was being rude when he questioned the purchase of the car plate number by the Sultan.
“It is purchased by the Sultan’s personal funds. What does it have to do with the government’s fund or the people?”
Mohamad said Nizar should learn not to politicise or instigate the people to go against the State’s Ruler.
Another Johor leader Datuk Razali Ibrahim said Nizar’s statement only showed his ignorance on the Sultan’s contribution to its people.
“Johoreans know the Sultan has always helped the people especially when it comes to aid which need huge fund such as the flash flood incident in 2006.”
“Nizar’s statement is uncouth and unbecoming. Don’t drag the Sultan into your politics of lies,” the Muar MP said.
The Star reported on Wednesday that Johor police have formed a task force to investigate Nizar after five police reports were lodged against him since Tuesday.
The report stated Johor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Sharif had confirmed that the task force has started investigations.