Johor Bersatu denies plot within Pakatan to topple MB


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  • Friday, 13 Dec 2019

JOHOR BARU: Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary Solihan Badri has brushed off allegations of a plot to oust Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal (pic).

"We at the state-level solidly support the Mentri Besar, and all state executive council members are giving their fullest cooperation.

"We have a good relationship with Johor government officers and Pakatan Harapan also has a good relationship with the palace," he said in a video statement posted on the Suara Bersatu Johor Facebook page on Friday (Dec 13).

Solihan, who is also a Johor exco member, added that there were no elements within Bersatu to topple the Mentri Besar.

"There is no single Bersatu division chief who is strategising to sideline him," he said, adding that Johor Bersatu chief Mazlan Bujang was behind the Mentri Besar.

Solihan's video statement comes after Johor Umno Youth chief Mohd Hairi Md Shah alleged that there were plans to topple the Mentri Besar from within Pakatan.

"The movement has gathered support from a majority of the party's (Bersatu) division chiefs in Johor.

"Pakatan leaders would also put forward a vote of no-confidence in the next state assembly sitting," he alleged in a statement on Thursday (Dec 12).

Sahruddin, who is also Bukit Kepong assemblyman, was sworn in as the 17th Mentri Besar in April, replacing Datuk Osman Sapian, who resigned from the post after 11 months.

Meanwhile, Osman also rubbished the allegations, claiming that it was a strategy to cause distrust among Pakatan leaders.

"I have not heard of such a movement and I see it as a ploy by the Opposition to cause chaos and disharmony among party members.

"Even when I was about to leave the post, there were all kinds of rumours to suggest that I was leaving due to pressure from the party, when that was not the case," he said, adding that he made a personal decision to resign.

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