JOHOR BARU: The Tanjung Piai by-election will be a simulation for Umno for the 15th General Election (GE15), says state party chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic).
He said in the unpredictable national political context, GE15 could happen at any time and the Tanjung Piai by-election would be a kind of "practice" for Johor Barisan Nasional, as they prepare to win back the state.
"To win back Johor is not something that's easy because the political condition here is different, where if there are any issues, it required a different formula from other states.
"However, we've been gifted with leaders full of wisdom who have successfully invited the Malays, as well as component parties, to hold to the consensus principle and the sharing of power," he added.
Hasni, who is also state Barisan chief and Benut assemblyman, said this in his speech during Johor Umno convention held at a hotel here on Saturday (Oct 5).
Also present at the event was Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, Johor MIC chairman R. Vidyanathan and state PAS deputy commissioner Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil.
He added that through such a relationship, MIC and MCA candidates had contested in Malay majority areas and were supported by the Malays.
According to Hasni, this was the Johor Model that was practised in identifying candidates, seats distribution and election narrative.
"The Johor Model should be expanded and practised in Barisan's sharing of power, where it will bring new breath (of life) to our political ways.
"Our old political approach might not be practical nowadays, and maybe Tanjung Piai by-election will be the start for this new model," he said.