JOHOR BARU: Mazlan Bujang will be the new Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, succeeding Datuk Osman Sapian.
The newly-minted state Bersatu chief said he hoped to work well with local leaders, including Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, to strengthen the party.
He said he would arrange a meeting with the party grassroots soon to get feedback before carrying out a minor reshuffle of the state party line-up.
Mazlan said that he received his appointment letter as state Bersatu chief from party secretary general Datuk Marzuki Yahya on Monday (April 29).
"Coincidently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed was there and I shook hands with him," he said.
Marzuki also said he did not foresee any problems working with Dr Sahruddin even after he was not included in the reshuffled state administration.
"Let him (Dr Sahruddin) concentrate on the state administration and I will focus my time on strengthening the party," he said, urging everyone in Johor Bersatu to close ranks and move on.
Mazlan added that he wanted to have decisions made based on feedback from party grassroots.
Recently, Johor Bersatu media director Mohd Solihan Badri had announced that the new state party chairman would be appointed after Hari Raya Aidilfitri to replace Osman.