JOHOR BARU: Former education minister Dr Maszlee Malik has won the Simpang Renggam Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) division chief post.
He defeated division chief Ahmad Ahem, 62, with a majority of 132 votes in a straight fight during the party's election held on Saturday (Feb 15) night.
In a Facebook post, Maszlee, who is also Simpang Renggam MP, thanked those who stood by him during the good and bad times.
"With the grace of Allah, victory is on our side," he said, adding that he was grateful for the supporting votes of his fellow lawmakers and Bersatu members.
He added that he would carry out the trust and responsibility given to him as best as he can.
"Together we will make Simpang Renggam red, strengthen the party and as one, we will make Johor as Bersatu's fortress.
"From Simpang Renggam we come and to Simpang Renggam we return to serve. Move forward!" he said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Johor Bersatu chairman Mazlan Bujang survived a three-cornered fight to win the Tebrau Bersatu division chief post.
The Putri Wangsa assemblyman garnered 379 votes to defeat his two rivals, Tebrau Bersatu deputy chief Saiful Anuar Yahya, who got 87 votes while Tebrau Srikandi chief Norlehan Ariffin received 52 votes.
The next focus would be on Ayer Hitam Bersatu division where its chief Datuk Osman Sapian, who was former Johor mentri besar, would be defending his position against Yong Peng Municipal Council councillor Amin Sitam on Feb 22.
It was reported that Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal have won the Pagoh division chief and deputy chief uncontested respectively.
Armada chief and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also the Youth and Sports Minister, also won the Muar Bersatu division chief uncontested.
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