Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim told Johorean football fans that he had informed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to implement policies and not just talk.
This, he said, was after he expressed his concerns about the country’s political stability to the premier.
Recounting his meeting with Najib, Tunku Ismail said he also told the PM that he was worried about what will happen to the country in the future, for despite their differences of opinion, the federal government and the royalty are interlinked.
“If you were to pinch my left thigh, my right thigh will feel it too.”
He added that he had also asked to know about present government policies, and gave the PM a piece of his mind about the matter.
“Then I advised him to implement whatever it is, and not just talk. And from now on, its time to move forward,” he said.
His comments were detailed in a post on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page describing a dialogue session he held with Johor Darul Takzim football fans and the media yesterday.
The crown prince had met with Najib in August, at the latter’s official residence, Seri Perdana, in Putrajaya.
Meanwhile, Tunku Ismail said Johor is independent and neutral, and that he speaks out for the people, not because anyone is his enemy.
“Don’t only think of yourself. I’m sad, (and) as His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor stated lately, most politicians nowadays are busy pursuing more power.
“They sacrifice for power more than they do for the people.”
Unlike other royalty, who prefer to keep a low profile, Tunku Ismail has a penchant for taking potshots at the federal government, mostly on Facebook.
He was previously embroiled in a public feud with Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz who criticised the prince for being too vocal, especially in remarks he made against the government.