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Stop bickering and making noise - sultan fires salvo from abroad

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Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has promised to make the right decision for his people at the appropriate time.

He also urged "certain quarters" (pihak tertentu) to stop meddling in the state's affairs.

"With regard to Johor, don't meddle in the state's affairs because this sovereign state still has a sultan,” he added in a statement posted on Facebook this evening.

Although he did not refer to any particular issue, it is believed Sultan Ibrahim was commenting on the resignation of Osman Sapian as menteri besar and the various statements surrounding his replacement.

The sultan, who is currently abroad, also urged these "certain quarters" to cease "making noise and arguing."

"Focus on efforts to take care of the country instead," he added.

The posting was accompanied by a photograph of Sultan Ibrahim and crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who has been locking horns with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This morning, Mahathir said that it is the party which won the election, and not the palace, which can decide on the next menteri besar.

Yesterday, Tunku Ismail said it is the prerogative of the sultan to appoint the menteri besar.

Sultan Ibrahim has also granted an audience to state opposition chief Hasni Muhammad on Friday, where the latter is expected to suggest that Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin be named as the new menteri besar.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, the Johor Umno chief said this would be one of two recommendations. The other is to petition the ruler to dissolve the state assembly to pave the way for fresh polls.


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