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Mukhriz’s snub of Johor royalty draws flak

Mukhriz walking past the Johor royalty at yesterday's funeral.

Mukhriz walking past the Johor royalty at yesterday's funeral.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR — May 24, 2019Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has been roasted in cyberspace over what many described as his lack of tact during yesterday’s funeral of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang.

Mukhriz was seen in a video snubbing members of the Johor royalty, including the Sultan of Johor  Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.

In the 14-second video that went viral, Mukhriz was seen walking past the Johor royalty whereas Kedah prince Tunku Shazuddin Ariff Sallehuddin, who was behind him, took the time to shake hands with them.

His critics described Mukhriz, the youngest son of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as being rude. They pointed out that even his father, who despite having a thorny relationship with Sultan Ibrahim, still shook the latter’s hand when they met.

“Bringing in personal disputes and politics into a funeral is the last thing a man with sense will do. Shame on you Mukhriz. Your attitude doesn’t just reflect your character, it reflects your upbringing too,” was Mathis Sarawanan’s acrid remark on Facebook.

“You put the whole of Kedah to shame. If you can’t respect the elders then why bother showing up at the occasion?” wrote Nur Alveena.

“Dear Mukhriz, please be a bit more mature. The people are watching you. Do you honestly think that you can be where you are today if not for your father’s clout? If it wasn’t for him, others would not even bat an eye at you,” wrote Amir Kamal Afif.

“Where are your manners, Mukhriz? You can’t be an MB forever. You were ousted before, it happened once and it can sure happen again. Lead by showing good examples so that people can you look up to you,” wrote Angah Fakhrul.

“I don’t get it, Mukhriz. It’s not like they’re (the Johor royalty) your sworn enemies. You guys just have differing opinions, that’s all. Aren’t all Muslims, brothers? It is sad that Kedahans ended up with an asinine MB,” wrote Mohd Yaakub.

Those who defended Mukhriz however argued that he had done nothing wrong and that he had acted according to protocol.

Twitter user Afifah Hafizal commented that she would have acted the same way as Mukhriz given the uncouth jabs that a particular member of the Johor royalty had been dishing out to Dr Mahathir.

“Would have done the same thing as Mukhriz did because I’m bitter like that.”

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.