PETALING JAYA: Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is willing to be investigated by police over his â€œchallengeâ€ to the Crown Prince of Johor, saying that he â€œis not above the lawâ€.
â€œI am not above the law. We must allow for the process to go on. When there is a report by any member of the public, it is incumbent on the Inspector-General of Police to do his job,â€ Nazri said here yesterday.
He was responding to a statement by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar that he would be called up over his â€œchallengeâ€ to Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
Last Saturday, Nazri had told Tunku Ismail to stay out of politics unless he wanted to be subjected to the same rule and be â€œwhackedâ€.
The royals, he said, should also keep out of politics because â€œwe are the ones protecting royaltyâ€.
He was referring to Tunku Ismailâ€™s remark posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page on June 5 against the Prime Minister for not attending a dialogue on national issues.
Tunku Ismail replied by uploading a silent video, showing him making a beckoning gesture.
Asked about the matter, Nazri said: â€œIGP is right to say that he must investigate.â€
Last night, Nazri responded to another posting by the prince (see Crown Prince mounts counter-attack on Nazri), saying he never claimed to be God.
â€œI am a Muslim. No Muslim will ever claim to be God. As a politician, I am not above criticism,â€ he said.
Nazri said, however, royalty were above politics and therefore should not hit at politicians.
Earlier, Khalid said the minister would be investigated for making a statement that could cause public alarm.
â€œSeveral police reports have been lodged against the minister. We will also record his (Nazriâ€™s) statement,â€ he said.