NUSAJAYA, Sept 1 — Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today denied that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, had issued a statement disparaging the Umno-led government as reported in the social media.
Sultan Ibrahim had never written or spoken thus as reported in the social media, he said, adding that spreading such news was malicious.
“I was instructed by Tuanku Sultan to strongly dismiss the statement being circulated. I emphasise here that the sultan has never written or spoken thus.
“The act of spreading the libellous statement is of malicious intent, apparently to tarnish the good relationship between the Johor palace and the government,” he told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the Green Technology and Climate Change Council here.
Mohamed Khaled said the state government was in the process of identifying those responsible for spreading the libellous statement and would take action against them.
“We will seek the advice and opinion of the state legal advisor in the matter,” he said. — Bernama