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TMJ claims his phone is tapped, movements monitored by SB

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Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has claimed that his phone is being tapped and that his movements are being monitored by the police special branch.

He also claimed that the Bukit Aman police headquarters has opened files on him and his father, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

Tunku Ismail, who is popularly referred to as TMJ (the acronym for Tengku Mahkota Johor or crown prince) expressed puzzlement that he is being accorded treatment that is more befitting a terrorist.

"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," he said in an interview posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page today.

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

His outburst about the alleged monitoring of his phone and movements came out of the blue when he was interviewed about the success of the Johor Darul Tazim (JDT) football team, which had won a place in the FA Cup finals.

JDT or Johor Southern Tigers will be facing the Selangor's PKNS FC in the 2016 FA Cup final this Saturday at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Tunku Ismail lamented about the bugged phone and police surveillance when asked if he had anything to add at the interview's conclusion.

Earlier, he was asked to comment on the finals, to which he replied that he did not think much of it.

"I don't think about the final. Only those who are not in the final talk more about it than the teams which are actually in the final," he said.

The prince also said that he had no expectations but that to even get into the final was already an accomplishment in itself.

"If we win, good. If we lose, we will try again next time," he said.

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