Spinning for the scandalers



The spinmaestro never did get it. The appointment of DYMM Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Munawer as the XI Yam Tuan Negeri Sembilan has nothing to do with bad presses against and on the Almarhum DYMM Tuanku Jaafar Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman’s immediately family. It is all about perceived scandals, one on top of the other. Furthermore, it has been going on for years.


These scandals, which are deemed self-inflicted wounds that the family do onto themselves, consciously. They have lead a lifestyle which has been perceived as a very liberal and unbecoming their stature as members of the ruling monarch for a Royal Household, traditionally known and very respected for the Islamic and deep heritage practices and adat. For the custodian of the rich traditions of Adat Perpatih, which is very Islamic in its philosophy, living a near decadent lifestyle will never go down good with the common rakyat’s aspirations and more often regarded as an insult to their Negeri Sembilan Malay identity.

As been said before, a Sovereign Ruler role is expected to be the ceremonial figurehead in Islamic affairs and matters involving the Malay heritage, traditions and culture. Of course, in the age where information travel so seamlessly, these precarious opulent practices is not welcomed and sometime loathed by the common rakyat. On top of that, the awareness of moving towards righteousness, especially from the context of Islam is more apparent, presently even amongst the most affluent Malay societies.

It is never a surprise when the Undang Royal Court made the final decision, and for the common rakyat, that is something deemed to be the best. Live on national TV, one could actually saw the relief and joy  explicitly expressed  by those attended the proclamation ceremony of the XI Yam Tuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, even though the event should have been a sombre one. Especially, when the remains of the X Yam Tuan Negeri Sembilan is still lying on a pedestal at the forefront of the dais.

Being a thoroughbred Minangkabau prince, also seals the deal. The blood linage is deemed  kept intact, with the appointment DTYM Tunku Muhriz, again in the Royal Household with very rich traditions and heritage.

How come Malaysia Insider is trying to spin the stories around, against what actually the common rakyat set to believe, based on very common knowledge? Don’t they know when and where to quit? Can they actually believe that this sordid but lame attempt to spin will remotely work and not change the perception of the rakyat, especially the amongst most affluent and IT savvy Malays,  and the story will not hold water?

The fact that Malaysian Insider got it wrong is also bewildering. Tuanku Muhriz had never by-passed Tunku Naquiyuddin for the appointment of the XI Yam Tuan  Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar, then a career diplomat was chosen by the Undang Royal Court in 1967 because Tuanku Muhriz then was still too young. Unlike other Royal Households where the appointment of  a Ruler is hereditary, the Undang Law states that the Undang Royal Court will convene whenever they have to decide on the Yam Tuan. It means that being a Tunku Laksmana, Tunku Naquiyuddin’s ascension into the Negeri Sembilan throne is not an automatic process.

Again, its never about bad image from the media, whether real or perceived. When one arrogantly live an opulent lifestyle blatantly for decades, eventually the truth and righteousness will catch up and prevail. The members of the Undang Royal Court chosen the right path of the Islamic principles to discharge their duties, even in deadlock situation as over the weekend. That is actually the fundamentals which the Adat Perpatih closely guarded in its strict traditions.


Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 09:16  Comments (13)  

Mukhriz’s statement on the latest Zionist aggression in Gaza


The international community must condemn the abhorrent and blatant aggression by the Zionist state of Israel perpetrated against the innocent and defenceless Palestinians living in the Gaza strip that has so far claimed at least 250 lives and wounding 700 people.

We exhort the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to stand in unity with our Palestinian brethren against the state sponsored acts of terrorism intended to inflict irreparable damage to the meagre existence of a people robbed of their land by Israel and its allies. Muslims all over the world strongly condemn the murderous attacks that have not spared the old, women and children. Furthermore, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) is deliberately targeting civilian targets when it bombed Gaza’s Islamic University.

We call upon the world’s Muslims to be steadfast in rejecting this act of terror that has the tacit support of the United States.

The people of Malaysia denounce Israel’s military operations and call for the Israeli government to forthwith cease and desist its attacks on the densely populated Gaza Strip. Israel has neither the moral high ground nor the legitimacy in carrying out its actions. The IDF has stoked the anger of peace loving citizens throughout the world and must therefore halt the mobilisation of its troops along the Gaza Strip border with Israel.

In this regard, we are prepared to volunteer and extend humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people in their hour of need. For your information Kassem Aina of the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (NISCVT) is organizing humanitarian aid in the form of essential food items such as milk and medicine. Monetary donations are welcomed.

Contributions can be sent as ‘Donations for Children’ to the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training-Account number: 000 1 10684 5002- First National Bank, Immobilita Building– SWIFT Code: FINKLBBE, Hamra Street, PO Box 113-5453. Beirut, Lebanon.


Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir

UMNO Youth International and NGO Relations Bureau /

Coordinator Peace Malaysia

Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 08:44  Comments (2)