The Johor Menteri Besar (MB), Datuk Onn Hafiz Bin Dato’ Ghazi, sparked quite a stir online over the last couple of days over the luxury loafers worth RM40k that he wore during an event he attended recently. He later clarified that the shoes was “gifted” by the Johor Sultan.
This has in turn caught the attention of the Sultan’s son, Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Idris. The Johor Prince took to his Twitter to address the ongoing commotion on social media over the local politician’s hefty Berluti shoes. In this case, TMJ couldn’t help but to express his confusion about the matter.
“Even things like this are made an issue? Datuk, I would like to suggest you to wear a pair of slippers (to work) after this. I just thought of gifting watches to you and a few government officials. Datuk, my advice is to continue carrying out your duties for Johor. Ignore what the people want to say. Performing your duties is more important,” TMJ responded on Twitter.
That being said, TMJ’s post was met with mixed remarks from the netizens. “Forgive me, my Majesty. With all due respect, it’s not the gift of the shoes that is the issue, (but) it’s the cost of the shoes that is the issue,” Twitter user @amvanhuizen wrote in the replies. Others also decided to bring up the poverty issue that the public has been encountering over the past couple of years.
Another commenter also pointed out, “Something is definitely wrong in Malaysia. Is gifts giving not classified as corruption, especially to the government servants as well as serving politicians?”
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