JOHOR BARU: Pakatan Harapan has taken over Johor by bagging 36 of the 56 state seats.
Barisan won 19 seats and PAS won the Bukit Pasir state seat.
About half of the candidates elected are all new faces.
Johor Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin has since come out to say that they accept the outcome of the 14th general election and the people’s decision with an open heart.
Now that the elections is over, the first step is for Pakatan Harapan to appoint its Mentri Besar to run the state government and carry out elections promises.
So far, three names have surfaced for the Mentri Besar post.
The candidates are Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, Johor Amanah chairman Aminulhuda Hasan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary Datuk Osman Sapian.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is expected to decide on the mentri besar.
Once that is done, the 10-member Johor state executive councillors will be picked, comprising seven Malay candidates, two Chinese and one Indian.
Among the names being considered for exco include Jimmy Puah (Bukit Baru), Dr S.Ramakrishnan (Bekok), Gan Peck Cheng (Penggaram), Tan Chen Choon (Jementah), Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar (Semerah) and Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kota Iskandar).
Once the executive council is formed, the new leadership will be briefed on what is happening in the state by the various heads of government departments and agencies.
There will be a lot of questions for the new government and lots of files to go through.
At the same time, the new government will need to look into all its elections pledges.
Among the highlights in the Pakatan manifesto for Johor are capping the mentri besar’s tenure to two years, all exco members and councillors have to declare their assets and all projects will be awarded via open tender.
They also pledged to increase the leasehold term for land for new villages and kampung to 99 years.
Other items outlined in the manifesto are free provision of 10cu m of water monthly to B40 category households, removing political quotas when allocating affordable homes, especially to government supporters, and issuing a special medical card to enable eligible Johoreans RM500 worth of treatment a year.
The coalition’s five-year plan includes reviving the Johor government scholarship awards; establishing a Johor University; creating some 200,000 highly-skilled jobs; building at least 100,000 affordable houses; and providing more sites for Chinese and Tamil schools.
They also hope to establish a Northern Johor Development Corridor.
Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar hopes that the new Johor line-up will be proficient in both Malay and English to enable them to communicate with the business community and investors.
“They should also serve all Malaysians.
“It is crucial for them to immediately start working and implement their policies,” he said, adding that everyone would be watching the new state government closely and the rakyat’s expectations were high.
Sivakumar stressed that funds should be spent on the proper target group and the mentri besar must have a team to monitor the implementation of projects in Johor.
Having a business and investor-friendly policy will be good to ensure the state continues to grow into an economic powerhouse in this region.
There are many mega projects being carried out in Johor, including the mammoth Iskandar Malaysia, double-tracking rail project from Gemas to Johor Baru, High Speed Rail project and Rapid Transit System.
Many of them will include discussions with foreign powers, including Singapore and China.
So the next 100 days will be crucial for the new state government to get its act together and ensure Johor’s success.
Over in MELAKA, the new Chief Minister Adly Zahari was sworn in yesterday.
The state Pakatan Harapan chairman was sworn in before Melaka governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob.
Adly said Melaka Pakatan would focus on implementing the 20 pledges made in its election manifesto.
In PAHANG, state Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob is expected to be sworn in as Mentri Besar for his fifth term today.
The presentation of appointment letter and swearing-in ceremony will take place at Istana Abu Bakar in Pekan at 9.30am.
Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will preside over the ceremony.
An investiture ceremony in conjunction with the Sultan of Pahang’s birthday will be held after that.
Adnan successfully defended his Pelangai state seat in GE14, defeating Nor Haizan Abu Hassan of Parti Amanah Negara and Zaharim Osman of PAS.
He won with a majority of 2,312 votes.
Meanwhile, in TERENGGANU, newly-minted Ru Rendang assemblyman Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar was sworn in as the new Terengganu Mentri Besar at Istana Syarqiyyah here on Thursday.
Dr Ahmad Samsuri, who is also PAS election director, took his oath of office before Terengganu Ruler Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
It took place less than 24 hours after PAS won six parliamentary and 22 state seats in GE14.
Terengganu has eight parliamentary and 32 state seats.
The former head of Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Aerospace Department defended the Ru Rendang seat for PAS in a three-cornered fight against Parti Amanah Negara’s Dr Zarawi Sulong and Barisan’s Datuk Nik Dir Nik Wan Ku.
Dr Ahmad Samsuri won the seat with a majority of 6,028 votes.
At the ceremony, he also presented the names of 10 PAS assemblymen who will form the new state executive council.