'No drama' at Johor assembly shows political maturity, says MB

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Sep 2020

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The lack of drama at the Johor state assembly meeting shows the political maturity of politicians from both sides of the divide, says Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad (pic).

The assembly meeting had been expected to be potentially disruptive following the uncertainties surrounding former mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

He had been spotted attending programmes organised by Parti Pejuang Tanah Air ,which is helmed by former minister and Bersatu chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The 69-year-old Kempas assemblyman is expected to be hauled up by Bersatu's disciplinary board soon.

According to Hasni, everything went well during the first day of the state assembly sitting on Thursday (Sept 10) and he hoped this would continue until the last day of the sitting on Sunday (Sept 13).

“Political maturity has always been there among the 56 elected representatives in the Johor state assembly.

“I believe both sides, whether they are in the opposition or government bloc, want to put the rakyat’s interest above politics," he added.

Hasni said this when met after unveiling five lego mural tributes to frontliners at Legoland Malaysia Resort here on Friday (Sept 11). Also present were Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri

He was asked to comment on the anticipated "fireworks" that fizzled out on the first day of the Johor state assembly.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Gambir assemblyman, was also present and sat next to Osman during the meeting held at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar on Friday.

Osman was seen smiling as he spoke to Muhyiddin when Speaker Suhaizan Kaiat adjourned the meeting for a 20-minute break.

There was also no move by the government bloc to replace Suhaizan and Deputy Speaker Gan Peck Cheng, both from Pakatan, and neither did the opposition try to put a vote of no-confidence against Hasni.

The next state assembly sitting will be held on Sunday, with five motions requiring votes from the 56 assemblymen to be passed, among them on state economic stimulus package, the appointment of a 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 has 27 seats, with DAP holding 14, Amanah nine and PKR four.
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