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Johor crown prince tells cops not to arrest his critics

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Modified 30 May 2016, 7:10 am

Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has asked police not to arrest those who criticise him.

"I would humbly share my opinion with the police not to arrest anyone making seditious remarks about me," Tunku Ismail said in an interview posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page late last night.

Tunku Ismail, the Johor Darul Takzim football club owner, said he would prefer the authorities to arrange face-to-face meetings with his critics instead.

"Give them the privilege of saying what they want to say to my face, man to man.

"I can honestly say that I don't really care about what other people may say about me, as I am truly thankful with what God has given me in my life."

Tunku Ismail was responding to news that two men have been detained for their social media postings that allegedly insult the crown prince.

The first to be arrested was Pahang football fan Masyhur Abdullah, 29, who allegedly uploaded a degrading message using the Twitter handle @thekeluangman.

He was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and brought to Johor Bahru.

An assistant chef was the next to be arrested over a Facebook post about the crown prince.

Both men are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which carries a maximum fine of up to RM50,000 or a year's jail maximum, or both.

Meanwhile in another development related to the royalty, the Appeals Court today upheld the sedition conviction of the late DAP chairperson Karpal Singh, for a statement made over the late Perak sultan’s decision to remove then Pakatan Rakyat menteri besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin.

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