Beijing: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reminds Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim that his post is not permanent and that he can be changed.
“The TMJ (the Johor crown prince) can be changed.
“As for the prime minister, only the rakyat can change that,” he said at a press conference in Beijing, China today.
Dr Mahathir was responding to Tunku Ismail, better known as TMJ who said in a recent video that it was “better to change the prime minister”.
“He (Tunku Ismail) thinks he is a big person (‘orang besar’) but he is not; he is a small person.
“If he can vote, vote so that I can fall,” FMT quoted him as saying.
The relationship between Putrajaya and the Johor royal family continues to grow tense since the government withdrew from ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court this month.
According to the local media, Mahathir said one person in particular had created confusion over the matter because the person wanted to be “free to beat up people and things like that”.