Nazri: Call me 'kurang ajar', I don't care
Published:  Jun 16, 2015 8:22 AM
Updated: 11:30 AM

Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz continues to remain defiant, saying he does not care being labelled as "kurang ajar" (disrespectful) for criticising Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

He also said the difference between him and Tunku is that he was elected by the people and the latter other was not.

"The difference between us is that I was elected by the people. If I do not carry out my duties then the rakyat will punish me in due time," he was quoted as saying by The Star .

"I have to face the people's court every five years but God willing, I have been judged five times and I won," he told reporters during his visit to Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam today.

The minister was asked to comment on Tunku Ismail's statement that he was voicing out the people's sentiment as the leader of his rakyat and Malaysians.

Asked if he was upset when some labelled him as ' kurang ajar ' to the royalty, Nazri said it was not the first time he was labelled as such and he did not bother much about the people's opinion.

"At the end of the day, my constituents are my only concern. That is why I am a wakil rakyat (elected representative) for five terms.

"We subscribe to democracy and people can say whatever they want about me. But don't get mad when I rebuke because I too have the right to say my views. Be fair," he added.

Nazri also said the playing field was not level when a royalty criticised the prime minister because the latter could not do anything to defend himself.

"I get criticised and even prosecuted when I defended the prime minister. So it is not a level play field.

"If you have immunity (as royalty) then you should not get involved in politics because I will be sued for countering back.

"That is why I think that the royalties should stay above politics, as practiced in the Westminster system," he added.

Last Saturday, Nazri warned the Johor prince that he would be "

"whacked" if he meddled in politics.

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