JOHOR BAHRU: His Majesty Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has voiced his annoyance after an official letter written by an Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) member in Chinese language went viral.
His Majesty said, any official letters involving the state government or local authorities in Johor must be written in the National Language (Bahasa Melayu).
“If the councillor does not know how to do his or her job, just resign. This is my warning…do not make this mistake again.
“All official letters involving the state government or local councils that use the official letter head must be written in Bahasa Melayu.
“We have never written any official letters in two languages,” His Majesty told the Royal Press Office (RPO) at Istana Pasir Pelangi, here today (25 September).
Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim was responding to the letter, which had sparked negative responses from netizens, because it was written in Chinese and English. In the letter, the MBIP councillor had called on local residents to attend a dialogue session on a plan to demolish a road block.
His Majesty said, all parties must respect the use of Bahasa Melayu in any official communication pertaining to matters involving the state government or local authorities.
Responding to Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim’s statement, MBIP Mayor, Adib Azhari Daud said all MBIP Councillors with immediate effect will no longer be allowed to issue letters on their own accord.
Instead, all official communication must go through prior vetting and approved by the Mayor or MBIP Secretary before being released to the public.
“This policy will be tabled at the next MBIP full council meeting,” he said. –Malaysia World News