The previous Agong invited Mahathir to the Coronation but the current Agong un-invited him. And no one would have known had Mahathir’s daughter not caused the ‘un-invitation’ letter to go viral on the internet. Effectively, the Agong has struck Mahathir off the protocol list and has declared him a pariah who is not fit to hold his Tun title. The decent thing for Mahathir to do now is to surrender back his Tun title to show he still has some principles, pride and dignity and is not shameless.
Source: Malaysia Today
The Sultan of Kelantan, DYMM Sultan Muhammad V, was chosen as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong at the 243rd Conference of Rulers held at Istana Negara here on Friday. In a official statement, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said the appointment would take effect on 13 December 2016, for a period of five years.
Since then there has been a very interesting development to what would have normally been quite a boring event. And that interesting development is that an ex-Prime Minister with a knighthood (a Tun is equivalent to a Sir) was invited and then uninvited to the Coronation of His Majesty the Agong next week.
This is actually not the first time Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suffered a royal snub. Earlier, Mahathir was not invited to DYMM the Sultan of Johor’s Coronation and to the wedding reception of Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
The fact that the Sultan of Johor snubbed Mahathir is apparent when Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, also an ex-Prime Minister with a knighthood, was invited (and was seated at the main table with the Agong the other Sultans, including the Sultan of Brunei, and the Johor princes and princess) while Mahathir was not.
The message that the Sultan of Johor was sending Mahathir and the whole of Malaysia could not have been clearer. But in this latest episode Mahathir was not just not invited, like in Johor’s case. Mahathir was actually invited by the previous Agong (Kedah) and then uninvited by the current Agong (Kelantan). And Malaysians would not have known about this if Mahathir’s daughter, Marina, had not viraled the ‘un-invitation letter’ on the internet. So the leak was actually an inside job, probably meant to garner sympathy and support from Malaysians.
In fact, not many people were aware of this un-invitation if Marina had not publicised it. And the fact that Mahathir was originally invited to the Coronation (by the previous Agong) and then uninvited (by the current Agong) not only makes this the first time in history for something like this to happen but also is as good as declaring Mahathir a pariah who is not fit for a knighthood or Tun-ship. Continue reading