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Malaysian King Objects to Bad Press
By Ian Stewart
3/1/2001 1:37 am Wed
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From The Australian
Malaysian king objects to bad press
By Ian Stewart in Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIAN newspapers have received a royal reprimand from the Yang
di-Pertuan Agong, or king, after he objected to reports of a nightclub
row involving one of his family.
The king, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, took exception to his
name being mentioned in connection with an alleged assault on one of
his grandsons, a prince.
The king normally has little to say publicly outside formal messages
on ceremonial occasions, but he issued a statement to the media
through his private secretary, Mohamed Yasin Yunos, with an imperious,
Mr Yasin said he had been commanded by King Salahuddin to convey his
displeasure over newspaper reports that "linked His Majesty's name" to
the assault case.
He confirmed that the person involved was Tengku (Prince) Shakirinal,
but said the king objected to the young man being identified as his
"In future, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has commanded that his name not
be linked to undesirable news such as this."
The newspapers had reported "a grandson of a sultan" was attacked by
bouncers at a Kuala Lumpur discotheque after they refused to let him
enter the club with his under-age brother.
Police charged Manivanan Punusamy, 24, in a magistrate's court with
"voluntarily causing hurt to Tengku Shakirinal Amir Mahmood Ismail in
front of the Backroom Disco . . . around 4.30am on December 16".
Mr Manivanan opted to stand trial and was released on bail. If found
guilty, he faces a maximum jail sentence of three years.
His lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo, asked the court to record that he had
applied to another magistrate to allow his client to lodge a police
report in relation to his claim that he had been beaten by Prince
Shakirinal while held in police custody.
"This was something serious, as a member of the public had entered the
police station and assaulted the accused," Mr Gobind told the court.
He said that whether it was the prince who attacked Mr Manivanan would
be established at the trial.
Until seven years ago, members of Malaysian royalty were immune from
prosecution under national law. They lost their immunity, together
with other privileges, in a bitter constitutional battle in 1993 after
the Sultan of Johor assaulted a hockey coach in his palace.
Each of Malaysia's nine traditional rulers serves as king under a
rotational system. The current monarch is the Sultan of Selangor.