Johor crown prince rebuts PM Mahathir, insists Johor was not informed about shipping hub project

May 18, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-02, Channel News Asia:

The crown prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on Tuesday (Apr 2) hit back at Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for saying that the southern state has been aware of a new shipping hub project.

In a hard-hitting Facebook post, the royal stated that Dr Mahathir was “acting unconstitutionally” over the project, which would see the world’s largest ship-to-ship transfer hub being constructed in Johor Bahru’s port waters.

The crown prince noted that land and water matters are the state’s prerogative. He insisted that the royal family and the state government were not told of the project earlier.

“Whoever who says that Johor is aware is lying,” he said, without naming Dr Mahathir.