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Saturday April 27, 2013

GE13: Ghani supports Khaled as next MB

Abdul Ghani
greeting Khaled
with a warm
handshake. —
Bernamapic Endorsement: Abdul Ghani greeting Khaled with a warm handshake. — Bernamapic

TANGKAK: Outgoing Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman has thrown his support for Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin to be the next Menteri Besar if Barisan retains the state.

Abdul Ghani said it was not up to him on who would be selected as the next Menteri Besar but he endorsed Khaled whom he described as an experienced politician who had enough understanding for the role of Menteri Besar.

“Yes of course, I will support him or whoever is chosen.

“He is an experienced person, who has been a wakil rakyat and in the party long enough. He has also, served in different capacities in the government and I think he has enough understanding of the role and the responsibility of a leader at the Menteri Besar level.

“I’m sure he should be able to fulfil all those undertaking and responsibilities well,” he said after attending a closed-door meeting with the Ledang Barisan machinery at Dewan Pejabat Peladang, at Jalan Payamas here on Wednesday morning.

Khaled is the Pasir Gudang Barisan Nasional division chef as well as the caretaker Higher Education Minister.

Abdul Ghani also hit out at Johor DAP chief Boo Cheng Hau who is contesting in Skudai as “not right in his mind” when it is learnt that during one of the Johor state assembly meetings, Boo said the Johor state government was like South Africa which practiced apartheid towards its citizens.

“There is something not right in his mind when he made that type of accusation towards the government. I think the people can see for themselves,” he said.

He added that the Johor Barisan government has always been fair to all communities, gave ample opportunities to all races as well as been practicing good governance.

“In fact the government had taken good care of them including matters pertaining to Chinese education, culture and temples.

Abdul Ghani urged Johoreans to not indulge in extremism and emphasised them to practice the Johor moderate way. “That is our strength,” he added.

He however, refused to divulge his strategy to win Gelang Patah, only saying that he would try his best to engage the voters there directly and the rest was a “closely guarded secret”.

Meanwhile, on former minister Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim’s sudden appearance in Gelang Patah to be Lim Kit Siang’s advisor, he said he would not interpret too much on the matter.

He also expressed confidence that his former state seat of Serom, and that of Tangkak and Gambir as well as the Ledang parliamentary seat were in good hands and was confident it would remain in Barisan hands after May 5.

Ghani is the Ledang Barisan Nasional division chairman and was the Serom incumbent before he was selected to contest in the Gelang Patah parliamentary against DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang.


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