Johor Sultan Tells Dr Mahathir To Act Like A Pensioner!
The sultan was said to have made the remarks to about a hundred people at the Sultan Abdul Bakar Mosque here after performing the Aidilfitri prayers.
"If one has already been pensioned, just behave like a pensioner, what is the use of making more noise?," said a source who repeated the quote to Bernama.
During Umno's 60th anniversary celebrations at Istana Johor in May this year, the sultan had even tried to patch things up between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Dr Mahathir by asking them to be photographed together in a group picture with him and other Umno leaders.
***** Very rarely does such a statement come from a member of the Royalty. It probably shows the extent to which the current spat between the two protagonists has affected even those so high up the hierarchy.
It will not be so easy for Dr Mahathir to simply rebut or have a clever retort for the Sultan's remarks, as injudicious as they may seem. In fact it would be best that in future the Royals remain above the fray and leave political jousting and verbal fisticuffs to the commoner, lest it invite some irreverent response from the hoi polloi.
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