PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - It was a 17-second video in which not a word was said, but one that managed to convey a defiant message.
In a post on the Facebook page of football club Johor Southern Tigers on Saturday night, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim is seen in a video sitting in a chair looking out into a garden.
Tunku Ismail then turns to the camera and makes a beckoning gesture with his left hand.
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Earlier on Saturday, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz had criticised Tunku Ismail, saying that royals should not involve themselves in politics.
"He should keep out of politics because otherwise, he will be subject to the same rule and we will whack him," said Datuk Seri Nazri.
"Rulers and royal families are above the law. If you want to be a politician then say so, so we can hit you back for what you say.
"But if you hold an important post, as a royalty in a state and start saying things, if we hit you back, don't get angry," Datuk Seri Nazri reportedly said.
He said this in response to a post made by Tunku Ismail on June 5, criticising Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for not attending an open dialogue session organised by a non-governmental organisation.
The video has since gone viral, attracting over 182,000 views and almost 4,700 shares in the four hours it has been up.