PONTIAN: Suspended Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Armada chief Norul Haszarul Abu Samah claims that Pakatan Harapan lost the Tanjung Piai by-election due to the egos of its leaders.
He said that such leaders had attacked the Johor royal institution and refused to accept criticism and advice from others.
Norul Haszarul singled out a Bersatu supreme council member, whom he refereed to as an "otai" (senior person) in the journalism world, for having no respect towards the institution.
"His act is followed by other young leaders who also showed their rudeness towards the sultan and Malay rulers by ridiculing them on social media," he said in a Facebook post Sunday (Nov 17).
Norul Haszarul was referring to Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, who is also the Prime Minister’s media advisor.
He pointed out that he had said it many times before that the dispute between Putrajaya and the Johor royal palace would give the people an impression that the government was deliberately challenging the Malay sultans and royalty.
Norul Haszarul said the party’s central leadership selfishness was also apparent when they deliberately went against the standard political practice by appointing another person to helm the state Bersatu chairman instead of Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal, who is from Bersatu.
The current Johor Bersatu chief is Tiram assemblyman Mazlan Bujang, who replaced Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian, after the latter resigned from the Mentri Besar position earlier this year.
“The appointment of the Johor Bersatu liaison committee chairman was based on his supposed superiors who dared to fight against anyone who did not comply with Putrajaya's wishes,” he said.
Norul Haszarul added that both situations had caused the Malay anger in Tanjung Piai and it was evident with the by-election result on Saturday (Nov 16) night.
“There is no denying that there have been many improvements and advancements made under the late Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik.
“However, he was unable to stem the people’s frustration, who expected Bersatu to replace Umno for the Malays where the people of Johor still have a great love for their Ruler and other royal families,” he added.
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