JOHOR BARU: The swearing in of the state executive council today will see three new faces in the 11-man line-up.
They are Mohd Izhar Ahmad and Mohd Solihan Badri of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, and DAP’s Tan Chen Choon.
Mohd Izhar is Larkin assemblyman, Mohd Solihan Badri is Tenang representative while Tan is Jementah assemblyman.
While Mohd Izhar and Mohd Solihan are first term assemblymen, Tan is in his second term as an elected representative.
They replaced Bersatu’s Puteri Wangsa assemblyman Mazlan Bujang and Skudai representative and Johor DAP secretary Tan Hong Pin.
Bersatu has another slot in the line-up following the appointment of Johor Pakatan secretary Dr Sahruddin Jamal as mentri besar.
The swearing in will take place before Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene.
Bersatu president and Johor Pakatan Harapan chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Sultan Ibrahim had given his consent to the appointment of the new exco.
Muhyiddin, who is also Pagoh MP, said the Sultan gave his approval during an audience at Istana Pasir Pelangi yesterday.
Also present at the audience with the Johor Sultan was Dr Sahruddin.
“The mentri besar presented the new exco line-up and it has received the Ruler’s consent and I’m grateful,” he told a press conference after meeting with Dr Sahruddin at Kota Iskandar near here.
Sultan Ibrahim had reportedly told Dr Sahruddin to reshuffle the state executive council as a condition for his appointment.
Muhyiddin, who is also Home Minister, said Sultan Ibrahim raised several matters and he took note of them.
“However, I have also stressed the importance for both Johor and the Federal Government to have a much closer relationship.
“Like during my time when I was the mentri besar, where the Prime Minister at the time was also Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, where he gave me space to work on ties with Singapore,” he said.
Muhyiddin pointed out that during his administration as the mentri besar, both Johor and Singapore leaders maintained a good relationship.
“Whatever Singapore did at the time, either positively or negatively, I was able to raise the matter with the Federal Government where Johoreans would be affected,” he said.
On another matter, Muhyiddin clarified that former mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian was an acting state Pakatan and Bersatu chairman.
“I am still the Johor Pakatan and Bersatu chairman. Osman’s position will be discussed soon,” he said.