The souring relationship between Tun M and the Johor palace became all the more palpable today when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad labelled the state’s crown prince “stupid”.

Tun Mahathir had earlier disagreed that there was any animosity between the Johor ruler and himself.

Commenting on Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s recent outburst over his father Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan’s unpublicised contributions, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see it as anything, because I even went to see him (for an audience) and he drove me to the airport.

“I don’t want to comment on the Sultan, because if I say anything that is not good, it is not nice because he is the Sultan.

“But, this TMJ (Tunku Mahkota Johor), he is a little boy.

“He is stupid because he does not know what is happening.

“So don’t talk. When you do not know anything, don’t talk,”

Tunku Ismail’s string of comments lamenting his father’s purportedly unappreciated contributions stemmed from a land dispute in Bukit Chagar involving the Rapid Transit System project connecting Johor Baru and Woodlands North in Singapore.

The matter became controversial when it was discovered that a 4.5ha parcel of land earmarked for the project was found to be owned by Sultan Ibrahim. Dr Mahathir said the plot of land belonged to the Federal Government.

It remains unclear how the ruler acquired the land, which has been reported to be among federal land surrounding the Sultan Iskandar Building customs, immigration and quarantine complex, prior to the RTS project’s realignment in 2017.

Source : NST

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