An alleged brawl between two Malaysian princes spilled into the public today, with one accusing the other of holding him at gunpoint and breaking his nose.
The rare washing of dirty linen in public by two blue bloods could focus public attention on indiscretions by members of Malaysia's royalty, which are often whispered but never openly discussed.
Nadzimuddin Mudzaffar, a grandson of the late ruler of central Negri Sembilan state, held a news conference today to give details of the fight, which he said occurred Oct 25 last year while he was at a Kuala Lumpur nightclub.
Nadzimuddin, 37, claimed bodyguards of a prince in another state's royal family assaulted him at the club.
Subsequently, he said he went to a hotel to meet the prince, whose representative contacted him. Nadzimuddin claims that instead of apologizing, the other prince forced him and his friend into an elevator held a gun to his head and hit him repeatedly in his face, breaking his nose.
Representatives of the other royal family could not immediately be reached today.
Nadzimuddin said he had filed a complaint to the authorities, but he felt "dismay" that government prosecutors had not filed charges.