Sultan Ibrahim reminds people of the past troubles caused by the 13 May 1969 and Bersih Riots
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar slammed a DAP leader for proposing street demonstrations to pressure the government to resolve the cost of living crisis faced by the country.
His Majesty said that street demonstrations were an irresponsible reaction to the problem and there were more constructive methods to resolve the issue.
“Have we not learned enough from the bloody street protests of the past? Have they forgotten the riots of 1969, also more recently, the Bersih riots?
“It never achieved anything, except chaos, destruction and a black mark on our nation’s history!
“Protesting on the streets is not the Malaysian way…. there will be no winners when this happens. There will only be losers, and who knows how long it will take for scars to heal.
“Our laws must be respected and upheld. Do not spew seditious statements when there are many other constructive avenues to channel your suggestions and views,” said His Majesty in a post in the “Royal Press Office” (RPO) Facebook.
Sultan Ibrahim was referring to a recent statement by DAP Central Executive Committee member, Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali, who on Wednesday (22 June) urged the public to gather in the streets of Kuala Lumpur to signal their frustration at the government over the rising costs of living.
His Majesty added that street demonstrations will also adversely affect the economy, scare investors from coming here and set the country further back in its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Don’t go down this road…. our growth must be carefully nurtured through mature dialogue, not demonstrations that risk public safety and national security,” said His Majesty.
On Wednesday, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council demanded that the federal government reveal its plans for targeted subsidies and tackling the rising cost of living within 24 hours.
This comes as the government announced the removal of the ceiling price for chicken and chicken eggs, as well as subsidies for cooking oil in bottles of 2kg, 3kg and 5kg, from July 1.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced later the same day that the subsidy for cooking oil in plastic packets will still be maintained by the government, and only that for bottled cooking oil will be removed.
He also announced a new round of cash aid as part of additional Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) funds to combat rising prices, with the Phase 2 payment involving an allocation of RM1.11 billion and each BKM recipient will get up to RM400 depending on their respective BKM qualification category