JOHOR BARU: Datuk Osman Sapian (pic) will no longer helm Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, with a replacement to be named after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Its media director Mohd Solihan Badri said that a replacement had already been selected and Bersatu secretary general Datuk Marzuki Yahya would prepare an official letter of appointment.
He said the official announcement would be made by party president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays and before party elections.
Mohd Solihan said this when at the launch of the Bersatu book, "Mulanya di sini ... Johor Baru, by Muhyiddin at a hotel here on Sunday (April 28).
He declined to reveal the name of the new state chairman, saying the announcement would be made by Muhyiddin.
Mohd Solihan refuted a report by a Malay daily on Saturday (April 27), which claimed that former Johor executive councillor and Tebrau Bersatu division chief Mazlan Bujang would take over the post.
The report claimed that Mazlan had received majority support from division chiefs who attended a meeting held at the state party headquarters.
"We have 26 divisions but only 22 chiefs and their representatives attended the meeting. The remaining four did not attend.
"No voting nor show of hands were done in the meeting," he said.
Note: This story has been amended to correct the name of the current state party chairman.