JOHOR BARU: Johor Umno deputy chief Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed believes Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should solve the problem involving Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian that might drag down the state government.
He stressed that it was Bersatu’s own problem and should be resolved by the party, which has put the state government under unnecessary spotlight.
“If Bersatu does not fix the problem now, then what guarantee can it give to stop their own elected representatives from following Osman’s footsteps.
“This issue of crossing over to one side will not end, unless the state assembly is dissolved to make way for a fresh state election, ” he said when contacted here on Tuesday (Sept 1).
Nur Jazlan said Umno was not worried if Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad would advise Johor Ruler to dissolve the state assembly.
He added that Umno has been very consistent in its stand to hold a snap election in the state.
Nur Jazlan, however, chided Pakatan Harapan over their stand in asking several Bersatu assemblymen to come back to them.
“They keep on harping that the present government was formed through the backdoor, but if Pakatan is able to pull in Bersatu assemblymen, then they really will form a backdoor government, ” he said.
Osman, who is also the former Johor mentri besar, could force a hung state assembly in Johor, as he is facing the possibility of having his Bersatu membership terminated after a viral video showed him campaigning on behalf of an Independent candidate during the Slim by-election.
The Pulai Bersatu division will be making an official report against Osman to the party’s disciplinary board on Thursday (Sept 3).
The Johor state assembly meeting is taking place on Sept 10 and Sept 13 in Kota Iskandar.
Under Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor 1895, the state government can still carry out its duty, as long as the mentri besar has majority support of the 56 elected representatives.
If the Opposition believes it has sufficient support, it can table a motion of no confidence against the mentri besar.
The Johor Ruler can also dissolve the state assembly upon the advice of the mentri besar.
Currently, Umno has 14 seats, Bersatu now has 12 after Pemanis assemblyman Dr Chong Fat Full became a member, MIC (two), PAS (one).
Pakatan’s seats come from DAP with 14, Amanah (nine) and PKR (four).
Meanwhile, state Pakatan chief Aminolhuda Hassan said if Osman decides to return to Pakatan, then it will be a difficult situation in the state assembly.
“There will be an equal number of seats between the state government and Pakatan in the state assembly. It is better to resolve this political predicament by returning the people’s mandate, ” he said Monday (Aug 31).
Aminolhuda, who is also the state Amanah chairman, confirmed that Osman had met a Pakatan leader from Amanah.
He declined to elaborate but said the meeting took place recently.