Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WWW 1 bid: Nizar being investigated under Sedition Act over remarks about Johor Sultan

: Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is being investigated under the Sedition Act for his alleged remarks over the Sultan of Johor's successful bid for the car registration number WWW 1.

It is learnt Johor police have formed a task force to investigate after five police reports were lodged in the state over the matter since Tuesday.

Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin

Johor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Sharif confirmed that the task force has started investigations.

“We will investigate the matter transparently and professionally. Let us carry out our job without any undue pressure to ensure justice is done to both parties,” he said.

Nizar came under fire for criticising the Johor royalty's winning bid for the WWW 1 number plate on Twitter.

He posted that the RM520,000 spent on the bid could have been utilised for the poor has led to calls for a public apology to the royal family.

Johor Umno information chief Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali blasted Mohammad Nizar, saying he needed to check before making his comments.

He said Johor Rulers had always generously donated to Yayasan Iskandar and Yayasan Ibrahim to help the development of the state and improve the living condition of the people.

Meanwhile, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim tweeted that the royal family does not take any money from the Government.

“The money allocated to my father and me every month as the Sultan and Tunku Mahkota is put into Yayasan Iskandar and Yayasan Ibrahim. The purpose of these foundations is to help the rakyat and to assist the state government,” he said.

He stressed that he had never taken a single sen from the Government, adding that “before you open your mouth, do your research.”

It was reported yesterday that the Sultan of Johor was the owner of the WWW 1 number plate, with a winning bid of RM520,000.

The Road Transport Department's website ( listed “D.Y.M.M. Sultan Ibrahim Johor” as having outbid 9,998 others for the coveted plate.

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