The Prince and the frog

The second son of HRH Yam Tuan Besar Negeri Sembilan Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz admitted that DAP courted him into their politics and offered him to contest as a candidate in Negeri Sembilan. Negeri Sembilan DAP ADUN and immediate former DAPSY Leader Anthony Loke met him in private for the matter.

Negri prince confirms DAP courted him, says had ‘private conversations’

By Ida Lim
January 29, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — The son of the Negri Sembilan Yang di-Pertuan Besar confirmed today that he had been courted by the DAP to be an election candidate, but he said “it is unfortunate that private conservations had been made public.”

Tunku Zain Al-’Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz (picture) said there was nothing wrong with members of royalty taking part in politics, although he had not found a political party he wanted to be a member of.

Last Saturday, the DAP’s former vice-president Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim claimed that the party’s national organising secretary Anthony Loke had asked him to persuade Tunku Abidin to contest in a state seat.

Loke, who is also the party’s Negri Sembilan chief, had on Sunday reportedly criticised Tunku Abdul Aziz over his allegations.

“I deeply regret his actions. That matter was stated in an informal and closed (-door) meeting, it should be personal in nature. So why the need to hebah-hebahkan (spread it)?

“He should respect the individual’s privacy because the one that was linked is not an ordinary person, but (bangsawan) aristocrat,” he was quoted as saying by Sinar Harian Online.

Tunku Abidin confirmed today that he had an “informal conversation” with the DAP some months ago, before saying that he was invited to talk with other political parties too.

“It should be noted that I have been invited to similar informal and private conversations with representatives of other political parties as well.”

He also said: “It is unfortunate that private discussions have been made public. Political parties should be able to freely engage any Malaysian citizen to discuss confidential proposals within the boundaries of the law.”

The Ruler’s son, more popularly known as Tunku Abidin Muhriz, said that no political parties had attracted him as they did not articulate the vision of the country’s founder with enough consistency.

“In my view, no political party today articulates the vision of our Ayahanda Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence) with sufficient conviction and consistency for me to consider joining them,” he wrote in a six-paragraph statement.

In response to claims that “it is improper for a child of a Ruler to participate in party politics”, he listed five members of the royalty who had previously held positions as members of Parliament, state assemblymen and ministers.

Tunku Abidin said he has been active in the country’s civil society space even before his father was elected to be the eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan.

He said he would want to continue contributing to the country through the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) think-tank which was founded by him and other foundations.


Former DAP Vice Chairman Tunku Aziz also said that DAP was ready to make him a ‘Cabinet Minister’ if and when the party wins the general elections, on its own and co-operation with present Opposition parties.

Tunku Aziz: DAP pernah pancing anakanda Tuanku Muhriz tanding PRU13

27 Januari 2013
Tunku Abdul Aziz keluar DAP
Tunku Abdul Aziz

SEREMBAN –  Bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP, Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim mendakwa Pengerusi DAP negeri, Loke Siew Fook pernah meminta beliau memujuk anakanda Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir untuk menjadi calon parti itu dan bertanding di kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (Dun) pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13).

Tunku Abdul Aziz berkata, Loke meminta beliau mengadakan satu majlis dan menjemput Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ke majlis itu untuk menyatakan hasrat tersebut kepada baginda.

“Kerana DAP telah melihat Tunku ini seorang yang amat pintar, petah bercakap, jadi dia nak sasarlah Tunku dan suruh saya sebagai ‘Tunku yang tua’ barangkali boleh saya pujuk ‘Tunku yang muda’ ini.

“Kononnya untuk bagi Tunku jadi Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan. Tidakkah ini satu benda yang bodoh, tak masuk akal. Anak jadi Menteri Besar, ayah jadi Yang Dipertuan Besar,” katanya dalam satu ceramah di sini malam ini.

Tunku Abdul Aziz berkata beliau bagaimanapun telah menyampaikan hasrat DAP itu kepada Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin namun ditolak baginda.

Tunku Abdul Aziz berkata Loke, yang juga Anggota Parlimen Rasah, tidak berhenti setakat itu sahaja, sebaliknya terus meminta beliau memujuk Tunku Zain

Al-‘Abidin untuk bertanding mewakili DAP, dan kali ini di kerusi Parlimen serta berjanji akan menawarkan jawatan menteri Kabinet kepada baginda jika pembangkang menguasai Putrajaya.

Bagaimanapun, Tunku Abdul Aziz berkata, beliau tidak menyampaikan hasrat Loke itu kepada Tunku Zain Al-Abidin kerana berpendapat ia sesuatu yang tidak masuk akal.

Katanya, perkara ini jelas menunjukkan DAP adalah parti yang sanggup melakukan apa sahaja bagi menguasai Putrajaya sehingga ke tahap ‘memancing’ anakanda pemerintah utama Negeri Sembilan untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya mewakili parti itu.

Dalam pada itu, Tunku Abdul Aziz menyifatkan tindakan Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng yang mahu kalimah ALLAH digunakan dalam Bible sebagai tidak sensitif dan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang itu adalah ‘batu api’.

Menurutnya, agama dan politik tidak boleh dicampuradukkan kerana akan mengakibatkan bahaya yang besar, terutama dalam perpaduan masyarakat berbilang kaum dan agama di Malaysia. – Bernama


Tunku Abidin has the right to take up the offer and jumped into politics or stay outside and be what he has been these past three years in an NGO formed to make comments on politics of this nation. It is not whether or not Tunku Abidin accepted DAP’s offer and then worked on it to formalize it and contest in an election when the opportunity presents itself.

It is about how did it come about that the DAP man stepped up to him and make the offer, even though in private.

Tunku Abidin must have been in the past been showing the qualities and most importantly, the tendencies of anti-Malay for DAP to court him. It is highly unthinkable that the party which have been demonstrating its anti-Malay, anti-Islam and even anti-Monarchy tendencies would court children of other Royal Households especially princes or princesses of a reigning HRH Malay Ruler.

It does not matter if he could list five or more different princes of HRH Malay Rulers who have been active involved in politics and elected as ‘Yang Berhormat Mulia’s  through time. They have been with UMNO because in the past, it was UMNO (or UMNO spin-off) which championed the rights and powers of HRH Malay Rulers when Whitehall declared Malayan Union. It was also UMNO which was in arms with HRH Malay Rulers in the consultation and negotiations for almost two years that lead to the Treaty of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu signed on 21 January 1948 and came into force eleven days later.

An issue of HRH Sultan of Kedah Tunku Abdul Rahman was UMNO’s President for twenty years (1951-1971). His leadership and wisdom a peoples’ prince managed to convince HRH Malay Rulers to give the right to rule in favour of Westminster-styled Constitutional Monarchy democratic system.

It is the right time to remind of Tunku Abidin’s scathing remark against UMNO during UMNO Annual General Assembly in December 2011. It was seen as ‘distasteful’ for a son of HRH Malay Rulers to write such a commentary in a very popular English daily considering that UMNO is a party of the masses, by the masses and for the masses and being born with a silver-spoon, he hails from the ‘Ruling Class’ and never did live the lives of the masses.

Never the less, Britain educated Tunku Abidin has the right to be ‘liberal minded’  and possess no affliction for UMNO as the champion for the commoners. However as a political commenter, he must appreciate what UMNO had done for the Malays since they came into power under autonomy government in 1955. The socio-economic position of the Malays have been improved by leaps and bounds to where they were to present day.

There were hardly any commoner amongst the Malays with tertiary education in the 50s. Today, some of the commoner-class of the Malays are world-class plc CEOs, bankers and financial market practitioners. Commoner Malays are also experienced submariners and even conquered space.

It was UMNO’s struggle saw the 54 MARA Junior Science Colleges being built so far since the formation of the New Economic Policy 40 years ago and brought the rural Malays who in the past had no access to good secondary education, into preparatory studies for science and technology.  That enabled many these rural commoner Malays to qualify for education in  institutions such as Tunku Abidin’s alma mater, King’s College, Imperial College of Science and Technology, Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Let us be clear about the fact that the prince has never did any public analysis to measure the progress of the Malays nor the demands and socio-economic development proposals UMNO delegates brought forth in every Perhimpunan Agung UMNO being realised through the years despite the wealth of knowledge from his London School of Economics education and experience working in Westminster and World Bank in Washington D.C.

His criticism of UMNO and frame of mind via his speeches and writings, has been seen as ‘asset’ for anti-Malay DAPsters and served their agenda. Just like they embraced the Malay-wannabe whose claim of a former UMNO stalwart and close confidante’ of Tunku Abdul Rahman is his biological father, in their attempt to disillusion the more liberal-minded modern Malays.

These are facts. Just like former Vice Chairman of DAP and DAPSY Leaders who met up with the ‘Tunku’ who claims that he is inspired by the ‘Tunku’, who did a lot to alleviate the Malays.

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