JOHOR BARU: Having a snap election in Johor is not the priority of the government, says state Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.
The Kahang assemblyman, who is also state MIC chief, pointed out that the government was more focused on the people’s welfare especially with post Covid-19.
“Reviving the state’s economy is our priority as unemployment might arise and the hardship faced by those having financial problems because of a downturn in business.
“We are a responsible government and politics is not everything,” he said when contacted here Friday (June 26).
Earlier, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub had challenged for the Johor state assembly to be dissolved first.
In a Facebook post, the Pulai MP and Simpang Jeram assemblyman said lately, many Umno leaders have urged Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to dissolve Parliament and call for a general election.
“Since they are so passionate about having an election, then I challenge them to start in Johor.
“They mentioned the country’s political instability as an excuse to hold an election, then this move should start in Johor due to the political problems in the state,” he said.
On Thursday (June 25), Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan said Muhyiddin should take a cue from his Singapore counterpart and call for a general election to allow the people to choose a new government.
He said the Perikatan Nasional government needed to do this immediately as the country faced a never-seen-before level of political instability post-Merdeka.
Earlier this month, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has issued a stern warning to 56 elected representatives – stop the constant politicking or he will dissolve the state assembly, which will force an election.
His Majesty said that he was disappointed that political turmoil was still occurring in Johor, where there were power-crazed leaders who continued to grab positions for their self-interest.
On Feb 28, state Umno and Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Hasni Mohammad was sworn in as the 18th Johor Mentri Besar following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan-led state government.
The present Perikatan state government holds a simple majority with 29 seats, compared with Pakatan Harapan, which has 27 seats.
Umno has 14 seats, Bersatu 11, MIC (two), PAS (one) and one independent while Pakatan’s seats are through DAP (14), Amanah (nine) and PKR (four).