Tear down Causeway!!!
Sultan’s Causeway remark causes a stir, proclaim The Star.
To the shock of the 2,000 people present and hundreds of thousands of viewers at home of the live telecast over RTM 1 and TV3, the Ruler said it was built by colonialists who had used dirty tactics to deceive his ancestors.
He said the building of the Causeway was to deliberately prevent ships from passing local waters, resulting in the development of Keppel Port in Singapore instead.
“The Causeway has to be removed to allow ships to pass,” the Sultan said before launching the multi-billion SJER.
"Causeway tu, bukakan...baru negeri Johor ni maju (the causeway has to be demolished, only then Johor will develop," the Sultan said before launching the project which was televised live.
At this juncture, the audience broke into laughter and applauded.
The Sultan said he would not “give face” (bagi muka) to the foreigners (Mat Sallehs) and urged the people not to hold them in high regard.
He also reminded locals and their children to be wary of them as they were “vultures”.
NO NEED TO GIVE FACE, SULTAN DECLARED!
Whose face is most hurt?
Didn't they said the Sultan Johor ask Mahathir to stop maing noise?
It doesn't looks like it. It is obvious from the latest evidence that the Sultan was upset over the scrapping of the crooked bridge.
I believe the Sultan used this occasion, an occasion that is to parade the Federal govt's effort in supporting Johor's development.
Since the State and Federal govt is planning RM382 billion worth of projects, wouldn't it had delighted the Sultan? Instead, the Sultan wanted the causeway to be demolished. It's like saying: "I don't care the RM382 billion shit; get the causeway out of my way, and I'll be happy."
Is it a slap in the face for Ghani and Pak Lah? They were there to hear him out, face to face.
The Singapore Foreign Ministry described the Sultan's remark as "curious".
A ministry spokesman said in a Channel NewsAsia (CNA) report that Singapore did not believe the call represented the Malaysian government's position.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said:
"I think the most important thing is for us to put the speech and comment in its proper context. I think what is most important is that we must always learn from the lessons of the past and make sure whatever development we are going to undertake will bring benefit to our well-being, for the good of our people."
What is Hamid Albar saying? Don't bother about the remarks? But the remarks is made is such a big occasion; it was intentional!