This is not a very good development,
On Instagram, younger Johor prince talks about secession
After media reports, Johor prince's secession post now off Instagram
I guess the young prince must had been a little bit too upset by the spat between his elder brother and Tourism Minister DS Nazri Aziz that he entertained the idea of Johor getting out of Malaysia.
But still, I don't think it's a spur of the moment episode.
Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim must have done some research to present such a case on why Johor could actually secede from the federation.
Actually, I was drawn to carefully read those stories about the prince because just the other day I was told by some old friends from Johor that there has been a quiet campaign to persuade Johoreans to consider the possibility of their state separating from the rest of Malaysia.
When I was first told about it, I dismissed it as just a work of pranksters.
My friends were however persistent about it, saying that it was a systematic campaign with even some sorts of "visits" being organized to promote the idea of Johor being an independent country.
Among the arguments put forward include Johor being capable of self-governance and economically self-sustaining with help of Singapore.
In term of security, it was claimed that Johor may get the assistance of friendly countries from other parts of the world.
It was said that Johor could exist as a sovereign country similar to Brunei.
Being a Johorean myself, I actual found the idea to be quite cool except that it's a treasonous thought for a Malaysian to have.
And that bit about being like Brunei doesn't appeal to me too. I prefer Johor being like Singapore with handsome Lee Hsien Loong as prime minister.
Anyway, I guess Tunku Idris must probably had heard of the same thing and blurted it out in Instagram when he got upset that his elder brother was "threatened" to be "whacked" by Nazri, a federal minister.
I don't think he was really serious about it.
In fact, I believe this case of Tunku Idris writing about Johor getting out of Malaysia is the same as when some of my friends from Sabah and Sarawak talked about their state doing the same thing.
Actually, I even have friends from Kelantan who wished for their state to be on its own.
Nonetheless, since Tunku Idris is a prince, I think he should be more careful about what he posts in cyberspace.
People may simply believe that he really meant for Johor to break off from Malaysia.
You never know what crazy people may do when they were inspired by such things.
The authorities should also look into this matter seriously.
We can't let people going around promoting the break up of our beloved country.
Also, PM DS Najib Razak should be firm on this and send a clear message that the government is not tolerating the idea of secession among the states.
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