JOHOR BARU: Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar advises Malaysians to avoid streets protests and find better constructive ways to resolve the problem of rising cost of living in the country.
His Majesty said protests in the streets will lead only to choas and tarnish the economy and image of the country.
“This is not a responsible way to find a solution to the problem. There are many constructive ways to resolve the matter.
“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 achieves 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 the scars to heal,” said Sultan Ibrahim in a statement on his official Facebook page.
The Johor Ruler was responding to a statement issued by a DAP leader urging Malaysians to take to streets to protest against the rising cost of living in the country.
“Do not spew seditious statements when there are many other constructive avenues to channel your suggestions and views.
“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,” added His Majesty.