It's finally out in the open. The Negri Sembilan royalty has come up with serious allegations of assault by a prince of the Johor royalty. It was a no holds barred press conference where names were named. Even the police was walloped for purportedly doing a slow job.
It was no ordinary press conference. The son of the eldest princess of the Negri Sembilan royal household Tunku Nadzimuddin had claimed he was beaten up by the Raja Muda of Johor - Tunku Ismail Abdul Majid - and his bodyguards for unknown reasons.
The Johor palace has, however, disputed the claims with its legal representatives and palace sources calling up talking to newsmen this afternoon to give their version - the Negri Sembilan side asked for RM50million and an unconditional apology for purportedly causing hurt to the prince's nose. The Johor side has denied assault and that the nose job wasn't worth RM50million. The southern side is saying the allegations are baseless. The RM50mil, they said, was "exorbitant and outrageous" while the NS side says they want "justice"
But the whole incident looks ugly. The timing isn't very good either as this is the fasting month where one learns to exercise restraint and forgiveness. See Rocky Bru for his perspective and Star Online for full details. Malaysian Insider quoted a lawyer for the NS as saying that a demand for RM50mil was indeed sent to lawyer Shafee Abdullah, who is acting for the Johor palace.