One person who is causing a lot of controversy all the time as a minister is the Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture.
He is a war of words with the crown prince of Johor, Tengku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim over some of the things he said.
June 13 – Nazri cautioned Tengku Mahkota Johor not to take sides in the current ongoing conflict between Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Tun Dr Mahathir. This came about when the prince made remarks about Najib’s failure to show up during the ‘Nothing2Hide’ dialogue. Nazri told Tengku Mahkota to ‘stay out of politics’.
On the same day, the Tengku Mahkota Johor reminded Nazri that he is a ‘minister and not God who lord over everybody’. A video of him showing a gesture to ‘bring it on’ went viral.
The Prince of Johor said that the case of every person having a right to voice their opinions no longer exist in Malaysia today.
June 15 – the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the police is investigating Nazri under Section 505B of the Penal Code for his remark against Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim as it was of security concern.
How it will all conclude remains to be seen but it is clearly a case of a minister who did not have the courtesy to think before he speaks, assuming that he is above everyone else. Nazri was once the Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Department.
17 June – Minister of Sports and Youth Khairy Jamaluddin has joined the fray by commenting that the statement made by Nazri with regards to the Johor Crown Prince was ‘fair’. This is because Khairy said that Tunku Ismail should not make ‘general statements’ about the Prime Minister without substantial proof
1 July – Tunku Ismail said that he would not be surprised if no action was taken against Nazri and he will be left off the hook for his ‘insults’ against royalty. He said that investigations were merely formalities. He said that he is no puppet and speaks his mind for the good of the people. He then said that Nazri showed how unqualified and unentitled he is to be a minister and being ‘empty up there’ pointing to his temple.
2 June – Nazri laughed this off saying that he is a ‘barrister-at-law’ and since 3 former prime ministers (Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn) were barristers-at-laws too, it would mean they are ‘empty up there’ as well.