TMJ slams Umno ‘cybertroopers’ over absence at SEA Games matches

Tengku-Mahkota-johor PETALING JAYA: The crown prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today hit out at an Umno Youth leader for using “cybertroopers” to question his absence during the recent SEA Games matches which saw the Malaysian’s squad beating Brunei and Singapore.

“To Mr Ibdil, you don’t need to get your cybertroopers to attack me and praise your ‘boss’,” he wrote in a Facebook post today, in what appeared to be a reference to Umno Youth exco member Ibdillah Ishak who also chairs the wing’s social media bureau.

“Nobody wants to bring down your ‘boss’. You need to remember that your political party’s biggest support comes from Johor. Think carefully.”

The “boss” to whom he referred is believed to be Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also the youth and sports minister.

Tunku Ismail, who is president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), had previously taken Khairy to task for missing the FA Cup final in May in favour of attending an event where he would get more attention.

Tunku Ismail said if a person was a minister or a politician, he should be serving the people and the national institutions, not personal interests.

“If it’s all about becoming popular, then you should be a celebrity, not a minister or a politician,” he said then.

Although he did not mention Khairy by name in his most recent Facebook post, Tunku Ismail said there was no need to compare him with “individuals who only show up at stadiums but choose to not give a single cent to help football in this country”.

“There’s no need to make an appearance at the stadium for your own political mileage. Where was this individual and the youth and sports ministry when FAM was desperate and needed financial aid?”

Tunku Ismail added that he was not interested in pretending and showing up at stadiums “just to get support”.

“I do not have nor do I employ ‘cybertroopers’ to support me, much like the politicians,” he said.

“I’m not a person who shows my face at the stadium just for popularity but magically disappears when football needs financial assistance.” – FMT

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