PETALING JAYA: Johor’s crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim surprised some shoppers by paying for their groceries, estimated at RM1 million.
It was widely reported that the prince and his wife Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam made a surprise visit to AEON hypermarket in Jusco Tebrau City yesterday evening and he told shoppers he would foot their bill, for up to RM3,000 each.
According to the Facebook page of Johor Southern Tigers, the state football team sponsored by the prince, this was a “treat for the rakyat”.
The posting stated Tunku Ismail had mingled with shoppers and had decided to give everyone a treat, informing them he would be paying up to RM3,000 each on groceries.
The “shopping spree” started at 7pm as Tunku Ismail announced it through a loud hailer surrounded by shoppers.
The excited shoppers were said to have rushed into the hypermarket to fill their shopping carts.
The spree ended at 8pm and Aeon Mall’s management had to temporary close the supermarket’s exit and entrance to facilitate the shoppers.
“I’m no politician. I do not need votes. But I genuinely love my people. Always with you Bangsa Johor. I’m on Johor’s side,” Tunku Ismail was quoted as saying in the FB post.
After 20 minutes, the post garnered more than 2,600 favourable responses as well as 334 comments and 657 shares.
Photos of the prince, his wife and happy shoppers were also uploaded with the post.
Over the weekend, Tunku Ismail, who is Tunku Mahkota of Johor, uploaded a posting that indirectly criticised former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was on a pre-election campaign visit to the southern state.
The prince received flak for his views, with hundreds of critical comments left at the page.
Tunku Ismail expressed his unhappiness with Dr Mahathir’s opposition to the Forest City project in the Straits of Johor.
Yesterday, Johor police said investigations had been launched after several reports were lodged against comments towards Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, following the prince’s remark on the general election.