Osman to face disciplinary board after state assembly meeting

JOHOR BARU: The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia disciplinary board says it will likely haul up former Johor mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian after the coming state assembly meeting.

Its chairman Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas said the Kempas assemblyman, who is embroiled in a controversy, would be asked to explain his alleged backing of an Independent candidate in the recent Slim by-election.

“We will give him some time and most probably call him in after the Johor state assembly meeting,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Megat Najmuddin said under the Bersatu constitution, Osman’s membership would be ceased for going against party rules.

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

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

The Johor state assembly is scheduled to meet on Sept 10

and 13.

Osman, when contacted, urged all quarters to stop speculating on the issue, adding that he had not been officially informed about the party’s decision.

“I am still a Bersatu member although at first some did say that my membership has ceased, but it turned out that I am still a party member,” he said.

The Pulai Bersatu division reported Osman, who was replaced as mentri besar in April 2019, to the party disciplinary board following a viral video which allegedly showed him campaigning against Perikatan Nasional in the Slim by-election.

Meanwhile, Johor Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat said he had not received any official note from Bersatu pertaining to Osman’s status.

He added that if Osman’s membership in the party was affected, there should be an explanation letter from party secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

“Otherwise, we still consider Osman a Bersatu member,” he said.

On the coming state assembly meeting, Suhaizan, who is the Parti Amanah Negara national organising secretary, said five motions would be tabled involving the state economic stimulus package, appointment of senator, additional budget and rebate on land tax.

In the 56-member state assembly, Barisan and Perikatan hold 29 seats, with Umno having 14, Bersatu 12, MIC two and PAS one.

Pakatan Harapan has 27 seats, with DAP holding 14, Amanah nine and PKR four.
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