SHAH ALAM – The Selangor Royal Council today strongly denies an allegation that the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir has converted to another religion.
Its secretary, Hanafisah Jais said the irresponsible statement which was uploaded in the social site account of former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik recently was a libellous and baseless accusation.
She said Abdul Rahim’s statement saying that the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah would meet the Pope (head of the Roman catholic Church) at Vatican City was also a lie that should not be made by the former politician.
Hanafisah regarded Abdul Rahim’s action as malicious and deliberately done to tarnish and question the faith of Tengku Amir, in fact, he had directly claimed that Tengku Amir was an apostate.
“The Selangor Royal Council is of the opinion and summarises that the statement is seditious and has defamatory elements which can stir hatred of Muslims for the Raja Muda and the Sultan of Selangor,” she said in a statement here, today.
According to Hanafisah, the palace also regretted Abdul Rahim’s attitude in not checking the legitimacy of the information on the matter before issuing his opinions and comments about it.
“It is so easy for him (Abdul Rahim) to conduct a check to decide the truth of the news if he has a responsible attitude,” she said.
She added, the same allegation was also disseminated last year and was denied by the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar after the palace lodged a police report.
Hanafisah said that as a result of the status of Abdul Rahim’s social site, the people especially Muslims also made angry and hate-filled comments mocking Tengku Amir and the Sultan of Selangor.
In this regard, she said, the Selangor Royal Council urged Abdul Rahim to cease immediately his action in disseminating false news and lies.
In the meantime, Hanafisah said Tengku Amir was now undergoing cadet officer training at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, United Kingdom and would be commissioned by the Malaysian Armed Forces upon his return.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahim, via his social site account, had apologised over his allegation by admitting he could not validate the source of the information on the matter he wrote. – BERNAMA