Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who was made the Selangor Crown Prince on Saturday Oct 8, had a been a victim of slander and character assassination by the opposition parties during the state Menteri Besar crisis in 2014.
Social media commentator Raja Sara Petra, who is a cousin to Tengku Amir Shah, said the Crown Prince was attacked by the opposition merely because the Sultan of Selangor refused to appoint the opposition’s choice of Selangor menteri besar to replace outgoing Khalid Ibrahim.
“He is not a politician and neither has he ever issued any political statement. Yet they attack him just because his father, the Sultan would not agree to the appointment of the opposition choice for the menteri besar,” she said in a Facebook positing today.
“Tengku Amir, like so many of us, has been a victim of slander and character assassination although he was not involved in politics.”
Raja Sara pointed out that the Selangor Palace had always been, and would always remain, above politics for past 59 years since independence.
Politicians however, she said had always tried to drag the palace into politics, referring to recent attempt by Pribumi chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad to convince His Majesty the King to sack Prime Minister Najib Razak.
She described the palace situation was like a double edged sword.
“They will criticise the monarch when the palace got involved in politics and do same when it does not either,” said Raja Sara, who congratulated Tengku Amir Shah for his official proclamation as the Raja Muda or the Crown Prince of Selangor at Istana Alam Shah.
Tengku Amir was born almost 26 years ago in 1990 in San Francisco, a city, noted Sara, where ‘flower power’ or the ‘peoples’ revolution’ first erupted in the 1960’s at the height of the Vietnam War.
The last appointment of Raja Muda in Selangor was 56 years ago in 1960 when His Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah was proclaimed Raja Muda at a young age of 15.
The formal installation, however, took place ten years later when Sultan Idris was 25, she said in her statement.
“Tengku Amir is yet another third or fourth generation of Selangor Royalty since Merdeka to take the throne or to be groomed to take the throne in future.
“Tengku Amir, like many of the other Royals on the throne or in-line to the throne, received tertiary education as well as military training in prestigious institutions,” said Sara, who described Tengku Amir as one of the world’s most eligible Muslim royals to the throne.