Closed-door meeting in Kulai nothing to do with state polls, says Johor Umno secretary

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  • Saturday, 15 Jan 2022

Johor Umno secretary Datuk Samsolbari Jamali. - Filepic/The Star

KULAI: The closed-door meeting with the Barisan Nasional machinery here is not a sign that state polls are looming, says Johor Umno secretary Datuk Samsolbari Jamali.

“It has nothing to do with a state election as we are invited by Kulai Barisan to attend the seminar as part of their preparation to face the 15th General Election," he said.

“We have yet to make any discussions about the state election within Johor Umno, but everybody can speculate about it,” added Samsolbari.

He said that the focus of Johor Umno and Barisan Nasional remains on serving the people.

“Our main focus is to overcome Covid-19 and the floods in Johor,” said Samsolbari.

Asked if elections could be called after the floods are over, the Johor Agriculture, Agro-Based and Rural Development Committee chairman said the matter has yet to be disclosed.

“Everybody is talking about the state election and it seems everybody is ready for the election but Johor Barisan has been consistent in our present work, which is to serve the people,” he added.

Meanwhile, when approached at the meeting, Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad only smiled and waved to journalists that were waiting for him before leaving the hotel.

The Umno led government in Johor has a simple majority, with 28 seats against Pakatan Harapan’s 27, while one seat was left vacant after the passing of Datuk Osman Sapian, who was Kempas assemblyman, on Dec 21.

Currently, the state government consists of Umno (14), MIC (two), PAS (one) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (11), while the opposition comprises DAP (14), PKR (seven) and Parti Amanah Negara (six).

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