Johor princess quits Instagram over negative tudung comments

Johor Baru SPCA chairman Ramjeet Singh Bhullar (left) presenting a gift to Tunku Aminah (centre) who was appointed as its royal patron. Tunku Aminah has closed her public Instagram account.
Johor Baru SPCA chairman Ramjeet Singh Bhullar (left) presenting a gift to Tunku Aminah (centre) who was appointed as its royal patron. Tunku Aminah has closed her public Instagram account. PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor princess Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah has closed her public Instagram account after getting negative comments for not wearing a tudung.

She told reporters she made the decision after speaking to her parents, who were worried about her well-being and safety.

"At first, I posted pictures of my cats, but then, people started leaving nasty comments about not wearing a tudung that hurt me. It then started to go on and on until gradually I felt that they were invading my private space," she said.

"After receiving good advice from my parents, who were worried about my well-being and safety, I decided to quit all social media," she added.

The princess is the only daughter among the six children of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and his wife Raja Zarith Sofiah.

The criticism she had received online had prompted Johor prince, Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim, to come to her defence on his Instagram account on Saturday (Sept 26).

The Johor prince had posted a photo of his sister with her hair tied in a bun and wearing a baby blue baju kurung together with a message which said: "When I see comments about my sister not wearing a tudung (headscarf), it does tick me off."

The post has since been removed.

Tunku Aminah said she was leaving the photo-sharing website as she did not want people who did not know her to pass quick judgments about her dressing, adding that the issue was something between her and God.

"I realised that being in the limelight is not for me and I am really happy after closing my Instagram account early this month. I believe that this is the best decision that I ever made," she said.

She added that she was grateful to her brothers, especially Tunku Idris, for standing up for her.

"I only found out about what he did after reading it in The Star a couple of days ago and all my brothers came to my aid which made me really happy," she said.