Bersatu yet to decide on Osman Sapian's membership status

  • Nation
  • Friday, 04 Sep 2020

JOHOR BARU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's (Bersatu) disciplinary board has yet to make any decision on the status of former Johor mentri besar and Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian.

The board’s chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said that they would call up 69-year-old Osman to give an explanation soon.

“We will give him some time and most probably will call him after the Johor state assembly sitting,” he said when contacted here on Friday (Sept 4).

Megat Najmuddin added that under Bersatu’s constitution, Osman’s membership should be ceased for going against party’s rules.

“However, we have to take into consideration his position as an elected state representative in Johor.

“If the board makes a decision against Osman, it might cause the state assembly to be hung and this will create many problems for the present government and the people in Johor,” he added.

The Johor state assembly meeting will take place on Sept 10 and Sept 13 in Kota Iskandar.

Currently, Umno has 14 seats, Bersatu has 12 after Pemanis assemblyman Dr Chong Fat Full became a member, MIC (two) and PAS (one).

Pakatan’s seats come from DAP with 14, Amanah (nine) and PKR (four).

If Osman, who courted many controversies during his one-year tenure as mentri besar, had his Bersatu membership ceased, he would become an Independent and this would force a hung state assembly if he sided with Pakatan Harapan.

This would put the state government, led by current Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, who is also state Umno and Barisan Nasional chief, in a difficult position when trying to approve a motion.

Under Undang Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor 1895, the state government can still carry out its duty as long as the mentri besar has the 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.

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