New Johor MB plays down appointment of new private secretary

JOHOR BARU:  Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian has played down the issue of the appointment of his private secretary, saying it was done for professional reasons.

He denied that Fizwan Rashidi was appointed for political reasons, saying that the former Kota Tinggi district council president is a Johor Civil Servant (JCS) and added that his appointment was suggested by State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani.

“Fizwan comes from JCS and not Umno, and I held discussion with the State Secretary who endorsed his appointment due to his experience," said Osman.

Osman said that he needed all the help he can get to adapt to the new environment as he was still new to his role as the Mentri Besar.

“Fizwan has years of experience in serving several past Mentri Besars and as a new government, we need to carry out our duty immediately,” he added at a press conference on Wednesday (May 16).

Osman said this in response to a report by an English daily which said that cracks have started to appear in the new Johor state government following Osman’s choice of his private secretary, allegedly a person close to the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government and believed to be an Umno member.