Johor government on knife’s edge over Umno-Bersatu spat


PAGOH: Tensions between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia are posing a threat to the Johor government, which is holding on with just a one-seat majority.

Things might come to a boiling point with state Bersatu leaders meeting Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Putrajaya today.

State Bersatu secretary Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said the only reason the party is still supporting the Umno-led government is due to respect for Muhyiddin.

“Bersatu is still with the state government till this very day because of our respect for our party president.

“In Johor, whatever actions to be taken will be decided through meetings, ’’ he told a press conference ahead of today’s scheduled state Bersatu and state Perikatan Nasional leaders meeting with Muhyiddin.

Dr Sahruddin hit out at Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad for making a remark that Muhyiddin was weak in his Pagoh parliamentary seat.

He said if Pagoh Bersatu was weak, Umno was no better as the party lost all three state seats including Bukit Pasir to PAS in the last general election in 2018.

“The state government was formed out of consensus and if we had not agreed, Hasni would not be holding the mentri besar’s position, so please appreciate our sacrifices.

“If Umno is very strong, then why has it yet to settle the issue of appointing local councillors, village heads and community leaders?” he said.

Dr Sahruddin also said Bersatu is ready for straight or multi-cornered fights in the 15th General Election.

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