Johor government collapses, Barisan says it’s ready to take over

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Pakatan Harapan-led Johor government has collapsed and Barisan Nasional is now taking the lead to form the new state government.

State Umno chief Datuk Hasni Mohamad (pic) is tipped to be the next mentri besar.

When contacted, Hasni claimed that Barisan now has the numbers to form the state government with a simple majority.

“We are preparing the statuary declaration (SD) with the assemblymen and will be presenting them to the Johor Ruler.

“We want the state to function normally and do not want it to be as complicated as what is happening at the federal level, ” he said Tuesday (Feb 25).

Asked whether he would be the next mentri besar, he only replied that it was not important.

“What we want is certainty. Once all the SDs are completed, I will present them to the Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, ” he said, adding that Johor was unique as Sultan Ibrahim has the prerogative to appoint the mentri besar.

Asked about the possible crossovers from the Pakatan Harapan assemblymen as Barisan Nasional, PAS and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has only 28 assemblymen, he only said: “We have the numbers.”

He added that the question of a hung state assembly did not arise. Johor has 56 state assemblymen. Umno has 14 state seats, followed by MIC (two) and PAS (one). Bersatu has 11 state seats.

Talk is rife that several assemblymen from Pakatan will be joining the new Johor government coalition. A special meeting has been called at the Johor Umno office at 4pm today (Feb 25).

Meanwhile, all activities for Pakatan representatives in the state have been cancelled, including the weekly state executive councillors meeting.

Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal has been serving as mentri besar for the past 10 months.

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