JOHOR BARU: Five state Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) assemblymen had an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic).
Permas assemblyman Datuk Seri Che Zakaria Mohd Salleh confirmed the meeting with His Majesty took place on Monday (Sept 7) evening.
“There were four other assemblymen that met with Sultan Ibrahim at His Majesty’s Rumah Singgahsana in Pelangi here, ” he said when contacted here on Tuesday (Sept 8).
The others were Sedili assemblyman Rasman Ithnain, Johor Lama assemblyman Rosleli Jahari, Endau assemblyman Alwiyah Talib and Larkin assemblyman Mohd Izhar Ahmad, who is also the state investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resources committee chairman.
Che Zakaria added that it was he who requested to have the audience with His Majesty, following the current political situation in the state.
“The audience lasted for more than two hours, where we expressed our loyalty to Sultan Ibrahim and the present state government.
“Sultan Ibrahim was in a jovial mood throughout and gave us a lot of good advice, ” he said, adding that all of them have no intention to leave the party.
Meanwhile, former Johor mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian has played down his presence at a dinner held by Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).
The Kempas assemblyman said that he went to the event, as he was invited by them as many of those present were also former Bersatu members.
"They wanted to know my position and felt sympathetic, while thanking me for being with them during the Slim by-election.
“They treated me to dinner and that’s it, ” he said through a WhatsApp message when contacted on Monday (Sept 7) night.
Earlier, another video of Osman emerged on social media, this time allegedly showing him attending an appreciation dinner held by Pejuang.
The nine-second video allegedly showed Osman in a white shirt with other Pejuang members, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s political advisor Datuk Abu Bakar Yahya, at a restaurant here.
The video was uploaded by Abu Bakar on his Facebook page. Osman was allegedly seen raising his arm when the people around him shouted “Hidup Pejuang” (Long live Pejuang).
At the end of the video, the 69-year-old is also seen saying “Hidup Pejuang” with a smile.
This is the second video showing him attending an opposition event.
A video posted on Aug 29 showed him allegedly giving negative remarks about Bersatu's direction.
The one-minute and 15-second video of Osman giving a small ceramah at a local restaurant during the Slim by-election in Perak went viral on Facebook.
In the video, Osman can be heard allegedly saying that Bersatu has diverted from its initial establishment.
On Saturday (Sept 5), the Bersatu disciplinary board said it will likely haul up Osman after the coming state assembly meeting.
The Johor state assembly is scheduled to meet this coming Thursday (Sept 10) and Sunday (Sept 13).
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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