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Johor MB Defends RM37,000 Berluti Crocodile Skin Shoes, Says It Was ‘A Gift From The Sultan’

"It was a source of motivation to work harder for the rakyat."

Rumors of Johor Menteri Besar Onn Hafiz Ghazi buying a pair of Berluti crocodile shoes have spread like wildfire online.

Johor mb defends rm37,000 berluti crocodile skin shoes, says it was 'a gift from the sultan' | weirdkaya
Screencap via FMT

This comes after several Chinese-language newspapers reported that an individual claimed Onn Hafiz wore the shoes worth RM37,341 to an event.

Johor mb defends rm37,000 berluti crocodile skin shoes, says it was 'a gift from the sultan' | weirdkaya
Source via Berluti.

Seriously?

After the photo went viral on social media, netizens wasted little time in bashing Onn Hafiz over his extravagant lifestyle at a time where Malaysians are suffering economic hardships.

“Your salary of a few thousands isn’t enough motivation? There are people eating one meal a day and it isn’t motivating enough? Seeing forests getting deforested isn’t enough motivation? Floods every year at Johor isn’t enough motivation? If such feudal behavior is strong within you, this is what you become.”

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Johor mb defends rm37,000 berluti crocodile skin shoes, says it was 'a gift from the sultan' | weirdkaya

Another said that while buying such shoes wasn’t a crime per se, it was nevertheless a sign of ignorance and insensitivity towards the people’s sufferings.

Johor mb defends rm37,000 berluti crocodile skin shoes, says it was 'a gift from the sultan' | weirdkaya

On the other hand, some claimed that the Johor Sultan is known for lavishing such gifts on those who’ve worked for him, including cleaners.

Johor mb defends rm37,000 berluti crocodile skin shoes, says it was 'a gift from the sultan' | weirdkaya

‘It was a gift’

In response to the backlash, Onn Hafiz tweeted that the Berluti shoes were a “gift” from Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

Defamation and accusations need to be stopped. For the record, this is a gift from Tuanku Sultan.

He added that such gifts weren’t new as Sultan Ibrahim had given similar gifts to exco members under the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government and was meant to be a source of motivation for them to work harder for the people.

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Cover image via Sin Chew Daily and Berluti.