Tengku Mukhriz ascended to the throne of Negeri Sembilan as the 11th Yam Tuan. Malaysia Insider (MI) put up a complimentary posting of Tengku Naquiyuddin yesterday with the usual spin and twisted fact. Did Singapore 'spy', Brendan Pereira backed the wrong horse for the throne and its face saving time?
In the selection of the Yam Tuan, people-elected Menteri Besar, Dato Mohd Hassan has no business to advise. He was believed to receive a tongue lashing for minding the affair of the Undangs.
Few months ago, MI reported an after nightclub skirmishes between the Tengku Nadzimuddin, son of Tengku Naqiyuddin's sister, Tengku Dara Naqiah and the Raja Muda of Johor, Tunku Ismail Ibrahim. The report was a veiled threat to blackmail the Johor Royal household to pay up or get shamed by a lawsuit. Interestingly, MI was lavishly using quotes from a Singapore Times report. Brendan or Kalimullah's hands assisting this royal blackmail is obvious.
Its interesting to read the manner MI run their article on Tengku Naqiyuddin. The disclosures looks as though in a matter of time, this low life journalist will ditch Tengku Naquiyuddin and his siblings.
As a Johorean, who used to live in Negeri Sembilan and appreciated the essence of Adat Pepatih, I am too happy that the rightful heir to the throne has finally returned to this former territory of the great Kerajaan Melayu Johor. But, I am not about to allow Brendan get away with this. This koling spin meister tak soda diri know nuts about the royal happenings and the true feeling of the Negeri Sembilan rakyat.
What is the interest of Brendan and his group of evil doers in taking side against the Johor Royal household, and backing Tengku Naquiyuddin for the throne?
The Malaysia Insider report reproduced below and commented:
String of bad news may have hurt Tunku Naquiyuddin’s chances at becoming Ruler
DEC 29 — Suave, charming and debonair, Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja'afar had been for years one of Malaysia's most well-known member of royalty, and was widely expected to succeed his father as the Ruler of Negri Sembilan.
Known for his charitable activities, he was also a keen sportsman and a top corporate figure popular with the public, making him an ideal candidate to be the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan.
But perhaps the spate of bad publicity his family endured in recent times eventually hurt his chances as he was ultimately bypassed today when the four Undangs, or territorial chiefs, of the state instead chose his cousin Tunku Muhriz to ascend to the throne.
The four chiefs, who have the ultimate say in deciding who gets to become the state's Ruler, had deliberated over the candidates in the past 24 hours amid intense speculation.
This where MI is out of it's league to speak on royal matters. Ask any rakyat of Negeri Sembilan, they will tell you that the rightful heir to the throne should have been Tengku Mukhriz. Tengku Naqiyuddin was never supposed to succeed his father.
For 40 years, Tengku Mukhriz was denied his rightful place as the son of the late Yam Tuan, Tuanku Munawir.
Tuanku Munawir and Tuanku Ja'afar are sons of the first Yang Dipertuan Agong and Yam Tuan, Tuanku Abdul Rahman but of different mothers. Tuanku Munawir came from a royal mother, Tuanku Mahrum. While, Tuanku Jaafar came from the commoner's mother, Cik Maimunah with a serani blood from Melaka.
On the death of Tuanku Munawir in 1967, the Undang strangely replaced Tuanku Munawir with his brother, Tuanku Jaafar that does not fulfill the gahara criteria. Gahara means both parents of royal blood. The official reason was Tengku Mukhriz was deemed too young at the age of 18.
What is widely known by those within the Adat Pepatih traditional structure was that Tengku Mukhriz was denied due to oppositon by an Undang. It is believed that there were 'incentive' to reject Tengku Mukhriz.
Immediately upon ascension to the throne, Tuanku Ja'afar accorded his son, Tengku Naqiyuddin the title Tengku Laksamana. Tengku Mukhriz was accorded the title as Tuanku Besar Seri Menanti, a Negeri Sembilan version of Tengku Mahkota atau Raja Muda. Despite his royal title, Tengku Mukhriz was treated as an out-cast for 40 years. In the words of commentator Jang, he was refused any invitation for royal events and even shunned in private.
Brendan the true pariah of Malaysian journalism would have never had known this. He was talking on the obvious.
And the string of bad news in recent times surrounding the late Tuanku Ja'afar's family would not have escaped them.Brendan spinned version as reported in Straits Times Singapore and quoted in MI was far from the truth.
In October, a grand-nephew of Tuanku Ja'afar was reportedly involved in a nightclub brawl with a member of the Johor royal family, in an incident which greatly embarrassed both royal households.
Bigdogdotcom, who had an insider take on it, described it as a case of "two men had a row in a night club. One walked away. Then the other chap pursuit the one who walked away, all the way to the hitel. Why? He wants trouble! Not good enough the gentleman between the two walked away rather than engage, the trouble actually caught up with him to his hotel.
Naturally, some people need to defend themselves. Hence someone was hurt. The Police were called in. No urine or blood sample was analysed.
In the morning, the mother of the beaten up guy wanted to get even. She asked the mediator for RM 10 million, for “settlement” Then it went up to RM 50 million. The final “asking” price was RM 100 million (negotiable, of course)!"
Tuanku Ja'afar also made the news for all the wrong reasons in the same month when he became the first ever member of royalty to be involved in a trial in the Special Court.Although there are many, who remain sore with Dr Mahathir for establishing the royal court, it was necessary.
The Special Court, set up in the 1990s to hear cases involving royalty after royal immunity was removed by a constitutional amendment, ruled against Tuanku Ja'afar in a dispute with Standard Chartered Bank.
He was ordered to pay nearly US$1 million (RM3.6 million) to honour his commitment in a letter of credit over a business deal.
The rulers need to maintain a sense of honour, dignity, and integrity in their personal and official conduct to be accorded the respect and love of the people. As custodian and defender of the Islamic faith and the head of Malay traditions and heritage, they are expected to befits the role and responsibility bestowed upon them.
It was highly improper and disrespectful on the part of the press to publicise the late Yam Tuan's lost in court. Nevertheless, the late Majesty did not live up to his responsibility and integrity in private business conduct. This brought a loss of face on the royal title and it is incumbent on the late Majesty to secede the throne. Talk was his late Majesty was willing, but the Undang refused. It would set a wrong precedent for a reigning Yam Tuan to vacate the throne in his lifetime.
The extravagant lifestyle of the Negeri Sembilan royalty and crumbling business interest must have reached its toll. Antah Holdings - the family public listed 'commission agent' without any business operation but many joint-ventures - was taken over control by a different group and had since changed name. Its share value plummeted.
A manifestation of that desperation was heard.
In a speech last month, Tunku Naquiyuddin subsequently made a call for royal immunity to be restored.It was a case of too late for Tengku Naqiyuddin. He could not avoid the eventuality, not even with Anwar Ibrahim trying to capitalise.
He argued the restoration of immunity would enable the constitutional monarchy to play a more fitting role in the 21st century as guardians of the Federal Constitution.
His remarks did not get the support of the other Malay Rulers, perhaps because it had come so soon after his father's court case.
Last month, his brother Tunku Imran's business dealings also ended up dragging the family's name through the mud.
Tunku Imran resigned as director and chairman of the Petra group of companies, which are controlled by his long-time friend and business partner Datuk Vinod Sekhar.
The public falling-out with his partner came following a lawsuit filed in the United States against the group and Tunku Imran by Hollywood film star Bruce Willis over a 'green rubber' project.
Tunku Imran's parting shot to his old friend was that 'enough is enough”.
In the end, that may not have been enough for Tunku Naquiyuddin to succeed his father.
The conduct of him and his siblings have long not been taken well by the rakyat of Negeri Sembilan. The ageless poor treatment on Tengku Mukhriz could no longer be tolerated. More of Tunku Imran problematic dealings will soon surface.
This time, an attempt made few years back to deny the present Undang of Luak Sungai Ujong his rightful place, came back to haunt them. This became the stumbling block that Brendan hoped his effort could help unclog.
The royal household then favoured other candidate and when the Lembaga members representing the Suku insisted on their choice, the elected Undang was refused an installation ceremony. It was the Federal Government, with the help of Dato Rais Yatim, that allocated budget and organised his installation at a Government facility hall.
It was said, there was a last ditch effort yesterday from some party to pressure the Undang to favour Tengku Naqiyuddin. The Undang meeting was conducted strangely at the Menteri Besar residence, instead of the Balai Undang of any Luak of Sungai Ujong, Jelebu, Johol and Rembau (the seniority order).
The Undang delayed their decision till the day of the burial yesterday and adamantly insist to carryout the wishes of the people. It is time to right the wrong of the past. The reception from the people at the burial ceremony was evidence of their disgust with the past.
Tengku Mukhriz, the rightful ruler returned to the throne. Justice had prevailed. And, Brendan will continue with his "pariah" journalism.
Sireh Pulang ke Ganggang. Daulat Tuanku!
* Factual correction 4:30 pm