Muhyiddin to attend Johor state assembly as rep

JOHOR BARU: The state’s next legislative meeting is expected to be colourful, especially with the presence of newly-minted Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in the assembly under a new coalition government.

Muhyiddin, who is Pagoh MP, is also the Bukit Gambir assemblyman.

This is the first time in the nation’s history where a prime minister is attending a state assembly as a member.

Johor Speaker Suhaizan Kayat, however, said the March 5 sitting had been postponed due to the present political uncertainty.

The one-day sitting was supposed to discuss three issues – seeking additional budget funding, tabling of public accounts committee reports and introducing new Bills.

Suhaizan said the state assembly would need to meet by June as their last session was in December last year.

“We have to hold a state assembly meeting within six months of the last sitting, ” he said in an interview.

Asked about an emergency motion to discuss the latest development, he said that so far there was no request put in by any assemblyman.

Suhaizan, who is Johor Parti Amanah Negara vice-chairman, said while other Pakatan Harapan state executive councillors had vacated their seats, he would stay on until the state assembly was dissolved for GE15.

“The only time they can change the Speaker is when he is arrested, kidnapped or killed, ” he said, adding that any motion to vote for a change in the position of the Speaker would need his prior approval before it was allowed.

Presently, Pakatan has 28 assemblymen while the new coalition, led by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, also has 28 assemblymen.

Johor has 56 state assemblymen.

It is learnt that intense horse-trading is ongoing, with some assemblymen allegedly being offered cash or positions to switch sides.

Talk is rife that Hasni will unveil his new state executive council line-up in the next few days comprising representatives from the Chinese and Indians.

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