Tight security measures at Johor state assembly sitting

Johor state assembly sitting to be held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Security measures at the Johor state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar here is expected to be tight, not only because of political tension between Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan but also due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The one day-sitting today will be officiated by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and for the first time in history, a sitting prime minister is expected to attend the event.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the Gambir assemblyman and the assembly sitting would be his first major event since becoming prime minister on March 1.

Johor has 56 assemblymen, where 29 are from Perikatan Nasional including Umno (14), Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) (11), MIC (two), PAS (one) and one independent.

Pakatan has 27 representatives from DAP (14), Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and PKR (four).

There has been much talk about motions to be tabled by both sides of the political divide to change state Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat of Amanah and a no-confidence vote against Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

However, no motions are expected to be tabled as it is the official opening and no disruptions will be allowed.

Checks by StarMetro yesterday found preparations underway at Bangunan Sultan Ismail for a smooth process during the official opening of the state assembly.

Many assemblymen, including Hasni, were seen in the building.

In a posting on social media, the Benut assemblyman, who is also the state Umno and Barisan Nasional chief, said he would undergo Covid-19 test when attending the official opening ceremony.

Suhaizan said during the sitting, all would have to abide by the standard operating procedures such as maintaining social distance where a space will be left empty in between the assemblymen’s seats.

“All 56 assemblymen will go through screening by health department personnel before they are allowed into the hall,” he said.

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