Dr M: Johor Sultan has no say in exco line-up

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  • Monday, 22 Apr 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Sultan of Johor has no influence in determining state exco line-up, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).

He was asked if Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had any say on the matter.

"The Sultan has no influence," said Dr Mahathir after launching an Orang Asli convention here on Monday (April 22).

Asked if the changes in the exco line-up were decided by the state Pakatan Harapan leadership, he merely replied: "I suppose it is".

The swearing-in of the Johor state executive council on Monday saw three new faces in the 11-man line up.

They are Mohd Izhar Ahmad and Mohd Solihan Badri of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia as well as DAP's Tan Chen Choon.

On a separate matter, the Prime Minister said the government would look into the quota system for the Education Ministry's matriculation programme.

"We will study the problem," he said when asked on calls for the system to be abolished.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik is expected to raise the issue in this week's Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (April 24).

Currently, 90% of the intake is for bumiputera students while 10% is allocated to non-bumiputras.

The annual student intake for the matriculation programme is 25,000, of which 2,500 seats are allocated for non-bumiputra students.

Maszlee said in a statement last Friday (April 19) that the 2,200 and 1,000 seats allocated respectively for Indian and Chinese students in the programme was a "one-off initiative" only for last year.

It was also based on current needs and involved seats allocated under the bumiputra quota that had not been filled.

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