Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or better known as TMJ is no stranger to the local mainstream media as he was often quoted for his opinions on the federal government.
He has also found himself going head to head with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on several occasions.
In 2019, there is a fluctuation in the number of news written on TMJ. According to his media exposure, he appeared in a significant number of news in the first quarter of the year, appearing in about 250 articles in January and February.
However, his presence on the media skyrocketed in April, appearing in over 600 articles.
Then, TMJ gained media attention for his objection against the federal government’s decision to ratify the Rome Statute.
His remarks caught the attention of Tun Mahathir who sarcastically called out the Johor Prince as a “regular” citizen, saying that TMJ has the rights to voice out his opinions as long as they do not go against the law.
The following month, in May, TMJ’s media exposure had declined, yet he was still widely covered by the media, appearing in over 400 articles.
This is because the Crown Prince of Johor continued to argue with Tun Mahathir. These are highlighted in ‘TMJ Budak’ and ‘Stupid Little Boy’.
In May, Prime Minister further labelled TMJ as “stupid’ over the land dispute in Bukit Chagar involving the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.
Prior to that, TMJ took to the social media claiming that the Johor royalty is a victim of ‘character assassination’.
The Crown Prince highlighted that the Johor royalty have done so much for the people, but only the ‘bad news’ were highlighted (hinting on the Bukit Chagar land dispute and the subsequent decision by the Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar to hand over the land to the federal government with zero cost).
After two months of prolonged debate, TMJ’s media exposure declined in the following months. It has been peace and quiet between Tunku Ismail and Tun Mahathir in the media for the past four months.