Opposition slammed for trying to use King

November 18, 2007 (The Star)
KUANTAN: The Sultan of Pahang has blasted those involved in the illegal rally in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday for trying to drag the palace into politics.

Sultan Ahmad Shah said: “I am personally disappointed over claims that the King was involved in the gathering which was not true at all, it is just fitnah (slander).
“It is also not our culture to go to the streets. It is not nice, improper and against the wishes of all Malaysians.”
The people should concentrate on development programmes, including the Ninth Malaysia Plan and the recently launched East Coast Economic Region (ECER), rather than take part in anti-government activities, he told reporters after officially opening the Lembaga Kebajikan Perempuan Islam Malaysia building yesterday.
In ALOR STAR, Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz said the royal institution should remain apolitical at all costs.
“I support Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who has made his stand very clearly that he and the palace did not support the illegal rally,” the Kedah princess said after opening a Warga Emas health programme on Friday.
In JOHOR BARU, Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman criticised the Opposition for using the King to further their political agenda.
“It is clear that their motive is to paint a bad image of the country,” he said.