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)  

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  1. anjing besar, you best go get some english lessons because i can’t make out what the hell you are trying to say..
    i despise you when you use bad grammar..
    write in malay if you can’t express yourself properly in english…

  2. Hey Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Anyway, who cares about N.9 royalty? Such a pain! So sorry but Tuanku Jaafar gone? I won’t be surprised there are parties celebrating this.

    Also, what’s so great about the Royals? Some of them are nuisances at night clubs…Not all I must admit…

    And what sort of Malay culture are they preserving, etc by smoking cigars, etc? I think missing in the photo is probably some champagne in flutes….

  3. Anjing Besar:

    I believe its either Yang diPertuan Besar or plain Yam Tuan, and not Yam Tuan Besar.

  4. Oh yeah, I also think you meant “decadent” instead of “bohemian”. THe royals aren’t typically “bohemian”….

  5. Sigh …

    the GLAM influence of the west

    and the SOPO influence of the south

  6. It is not the lifestly le , but the NS royalty is out of touch with the rakyat. While Selangor and Perak seemed so smart, nothing was mentioned in NS except immunity.

  7. The current Yamtuan is the rightful heir to the throne.

    Im sorry that some of the readers cant feel the connection or affection to any of the royalties, its their loss. Its probably like how I can’t relate to any of the maharajas or the dowagers or what have you, I don’t care about them too!!

    Im a descendant of the minangkabau people and am very proud of that fact. And thats how i can relate to the N9 royalties (not their out of touchness from the people part). Try reading the histories on these great Minangs and understand the adat perpatih. How it made the men berhijrah and become great business people and leaders.

  8. Jed you are damn right true.
    I can see several personalities from the royal families spoke out for the ppl’s plight but the majority remain silence as mice, enjoying the ppl’s money to keep up with their luxurious, western lifestyle. The irony of it all their coffins are wrapped in Jalur Gemilang flag but im sure as hell if war break they are the first to flee the country.

  9. rfs is right. Should they make any remarks, these people should learn the hierarchy of Yang diPertuan Besar first. The late YDB royalties’ unwelcoming lifestyles and credibility is just a stronger point, I dare guess.

    I am a descendant of Minangkabau too, and looking forward for a change from the immunity and other lack of contributions issues.

  10. at least they are not hypocrites like many of the other leeching lanuns.

  11. Bloggers,

    The point is this Brendan trying to spin a fact which he doesn’t know @ never did his homework. Just like his master la aka KJ

  12. It looks like there is a plan to question the validity of Tengku Mukhriz’s proclamation.

    Validity of Undang Luak Sungai Ujong disputed


    A senior member of the Undang Luak Sungai Ujong clan of Negeri Sembilan has questioned the validity of the status of one of the four Undang Luak (chieftains) of the state.
    Datuk Sri Maharaja Di Raja Luak Sungai Ujong Zulkepley Dahalan said today the particular Undang had been expelled following a meeting of the clan members for having committed 26 offences during his tenure over the last 15 years.

    “A letter on this matter has been handed to the Negeri Sembilan menteri besar (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan). Much efforts had been made over the issue and we urge the state government to take action,” he told reporters here today.

    Zulkepley said the Undang concerned attended the proclamation of the new Yang Di-pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.

    Tuanku Muhriz was appointed the 11th Yang Di-pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan on Monday to succeed the late Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman who died Saturday.

  13. please do not complaint anything about the royalfamily. what so ever, everyone also the same, event if you become the royal also you wil behave the same. not all royalfamily are bad, event commonner also make alot of bad behavier then the royal.thanks god you are not the royal, may be you are worse then that.

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