Kuala Lumpur | The only son and heir of Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Tengku Amir Shah, has sent a shockwave throughout the Muslim community worldwide as what People’s magazine has deemed “the real life Romeo and Juliet story of our time”.

The crown prince of the state of Selangor in Malaysia, has relinquished all his possessions and a chance to succeed to the prestigious throne of Selangor to follow his heart and marry Spanish top model and superstar Cristina Gomez, a 16 year old who was propelled to stardom this year when she was noticed on national television in the crowd of a highly anticipated football match.

The Malaysian prince known for his outlandish sex orgies and drug addiction problems, having been through rehab no less than three times in the past 18 months, has promised to change his ways and claims to be a new man.

The prince is known for his party-loving nature

In an interview this week with Catholic Digest Weekly, the 21 year old man admitted that his encounter with the supermodel basically saved his life. “I was living in a lustful, superficial world, where money and power brought me all the goods of the world: women, cars and drugs. But Cristina changed all that”.  Cristina Gomez who is of catholic faith, asked prince Tengku to convert to Catholicism, as to make their union legal before God and help him achieve righteousness in his life.

The baptism of the former follower of Islam at Santa Maria Cathedral this week in Braga, Portugal, has brought much criticism on the former heir to the Selangor throne by the world muslim community at large.  “This is not a spur of the moment thing. If people cannot accept the choices I’ve made and the new person I have become, then that’s too bad for them” declared the ex-prince in the same interview. “Me and Cristina are happy and that is all that counts” he commented.  The lovers are to be wed this month in San Marco Cathedral in romantic Venice and have not revealed where they are to spend their honeymoon. “That is our little secret” revealed Cristina on a hit Spanish TV talk show this week.

PETALING JAYA: Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik has made his third public apology in four days over an outrageous claim that the Selangor Crown Prince had converted to the Catholic faith.

The latest apology from Rahim, now retired from politics, was posted on his Facebook page at about 6pm yesterday.

It was a Bahasa Malaysia version of his earlier apology, which had been uploaded on Facebook in English on Monday.

“With regards to my posts on Twitter and Facebook regarding DYTM Raja Muda Selangor converting to Catholism, I admit that it came from an unsubstantiated website. I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and distress it may have caused DYMM Sultan of Selangor, DYTM Raja Muda Selangor and the Selangor Palace,” he wrote.

The conversion story linking Tengku Amir Shah to a Hispanic beauty was one of those ludicrous and far-fetched type of claims common on the Internet and was dismissed by the Selangor Palace when it first surfaced in July last year.

A Malay daily had rubbished the report then in a front-page story.

But Rahim’s embarrassing fiasco caused a stir due to his famous name. He had even claimed that a meeting with the Pope was in the works.

It is not confirmed yet whether the Selangor Palace will accept Rahim’s string of apologies.

The Selangor Council of the Royal Court is scheduled to meet today and the matter is expected to be discussed.

Palace sources said if Rahim had not been so gullible and had bothered to do some basic checking, he would know that the conversion story came from a satire website called World Daily News Report, which is famous for reports such as “Brazilian woman abducted by aliens comes back pregnant”.

Its latest “breaking story” is about a paranormal investigator captu­ring a poltergeist. The website’s disclaimer page states that “All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead or undead is purely a miracle”.

Two police reports have been made on the matter – one by the Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Mohamed Munir Bani and another by the Crown Prince’s private se­­cretary Hanafisah Jais.

The police have since interviewed several people regarding possible motives for the publication of the false news.

The media was initially unsure whether the Facebook account in question belonged to Rahim because the owner’s name was written as “Rahim TambyChik”. A family member later confirmed that it was a genuine account.

Rahim has three Facebook ac­­counts, two of which are defunct. When he tried to set up a third account, he could not do it with his actual name as per Facebook’s rules, hence the altered name spelling.


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