Royal Punks

Nothing better to do. What a disgrace!

Malaysia’s rowdy royals
Wed, November 05 2008

An alleged beating of a member of Malaysias royal household and his friends by the grandson of the Sultan of Johor and his bodyguards last week looks set to renew debate over the indiscretions of the royalty and whether they are immune from prosecution, media reports said.

Tunku Nadzimuddin Tunku Mudzaffar, the son of the eldest princess of the State of Negeri Sembilan royal household, filed a police report that he was hit with the butt of a pistol on his head and face by a grandson of the Sultan of Johor.

The alleged offender was identified only as Tengku Ismail, and his father is one of the Sultans sons.
The scuffle allegedly took place at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur and Tunku Nadzimuddin suffered a fractured nose.

A friend of the Negeri Sembilan royal family, Shamshuddhuha Ishak, also filed a police report that he was beaten by the bodyguards of the Johor royal family member and lost consciousness and a front tooth, according to people close to the situation and familiar with the police report.

The alleged beatings took place following an altercation between groups from the two royal households at a popular nightclub in Kuala Lumpur.

There has been little publicity in the local newspapers over the incident, as reporting on Malaysias rowdy royals is a taboo.

Allegations of indiscretions by members of Malaysias royal households are not unheard of.
There have been incidents of royals clubbing a golf caddy to death, fatally shooting a man from a helicopter and beating up a field-hockey coach.

In the early 1990s, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad pushed through sweeping constitutional amendments that removed provisions granting the royalty immunity from prosecution.
Under the countrys Constitution, the countrys nine sultans, who take turns to serve as king under a unique rotation system, are above prosecution in the ordinary courts of the land and can be tried only by a special court.

Royal personages below the level of sultan are not protected from prosecution under the countrys laws.
Lawyers and political analysts say the latest incident involving the royal households of Negeri Sembilan and Johor is likely to be watched closely and will be a test of the governments determination to bring the countrys royalty to legal parity with commoners.

Sources close to the Negeri Sembilan household said that there is intense lobbying to get Tunku Nadzimuddin and his friends to withdraw the police report.

A close source to the Negeri Sembilan royal household said that the family wants the police to investigate the alleged beatings and bring charges against the assailants.

The police have yet to comment on the alleged incident but a senior government official told The Straits Times that investigations are ongoing and that several suspects are expected to be called up for questioning soon.

Several people familiar with the alleged beatings say that friends of the grandsons from the Johor and Negeri Sembilan royal households were in separate groups at a nightclub in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

owh…ppl knows that…if the media kennot cover it…emails do.