KUALA LUMPUR, Wed: NST Malaysia
The Kelantan palace has described the matter between Tengku Temenggong Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Petra and his Indonesian model wife Manohara Odelia Pinot as something private between a husband and his wife. In its first-ever comment on the matter, the palace said the issue should be settled in accordance with the law. The press statement, signed by the comptroller Datuk Abdul Halim Hamad, also commented on statements made by Mohd Soberi Shafii.
“All his statements are made in his personal capacity as a friend of Tengku Temenggong Kelantan. They are not official statements from the palace or the sultan’s office,” Halim wrote.
He, however, made no mention of a man known as Ikhsan, who had also come to the defence of the Kelantan prince.
The comptroller also urged Malaysians, especially those from Kelantan, to understand that the sultan was still being treated at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore, and to pray for his speedy recovery.
Indonesian newspapers and news websites have gone to town over the past few days with various allegations made by Manohara.
Mohd Soberi, in turn, has also gone to the media including television to defend the prince, always mentioning that he was speaking as a friend of Tengku Fakhry.
Among others, he had challenged Manohara to undergo a medical test by independent doctors in any country other than Malaysia or Indonesia to prove her allegations that Tengku Fakhry had physically and sexually abused her during their marriage, including injecting her with tranquillisers whenever she protested his behaviour.
The beautiful 17-year-old former model claimed she made a dramatic dash to freedom from Tengku Fakhry last Sunday during the royal family’s trip to Singapore to visit the Kelantan sultan.
This was vehemently denied by Mohd Soberi, who told the media that the prince allowed her to leave.
Another of the prince’s friend identified as Ikhsan told local Indonesian TV stations that Manohara’s allegations of being held against her will were lies.
“The prince let her go,” Ikhsan was reported as saying.
Amy Chew reports from Jakarta that Ikhsan told the TV interview that Tengku Fakhry would like Manohara to go for a medical check-up to prove that he had not abused her.
“He would like the medical check-up to be in a neutral country. If it is proven that the allegations are untrue, Manohara and mother must be prepared to be sued,” Ikhsan was quoted as saying.
Manohara is scheduled to undergo a medical check-up in Indonesia but no date is given.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was also reported in the Indonesia media as saying that the issue must be resolved.
Detik.com, a well-respected local internet news portal, said Yudhoyono made the remarks after attending the Asean-South Korea in South Korea .
He also asked all parties involved to be circumspect in resolving the issue and should speak based on the truth.
“We must also know what is and what is not a private affair,” Yudhoyono was quoted as saying.
AK : Kalau tiada angin , manakan pokok boleh bergoyang…. fikirlah wahai sang putera Kelantan…..