ISKANDAR PUTERI: A state exco man and an assemblyman have declared their intention to retire and not contest in the much speculated state election.
Mazlan Bujang, who is state education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman, and Yong Peng assemblyman Chew Peck Choo made the surprising announcements separately yesterday.
Mazlan said he planned to retire from politics in the upcoming state polls, adding that he has no regrets about walking away.
“There have been rumours about me quitting to contest as an independent or joining another political party.”
“At the moment all that is not true. I intend to finish my duty as an exco and retire from politics when the polls are called,” said Mazlan, who was previously Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief.
Asked about the party’s preparations for the state election, he said he was not very active in the party these days.
“I am not the state chief. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the head. I was the head previously.”
As for his retirement plans, he did not rule out going back to the corporate world as “it is much more lucrative than being a politician”. (Mazlan was once a contractor.)
Bersatu presently has five exco members. Four of them, except Mazlan, have voiced their objections to having state polls at this juncture.
As for Chew, she is a two-term assemblyman from DAP.
In a Facebook posting to announce her decision, Chew said she intends to devote her time to her family.
Her family, she said, had only been able to “see” her in the newspapers. The mother of two said she decided to make known her retirement plans yesterday, which was her 28th wedding anniversary.
Talk of an impending state election gained traction following the death of Bersatu assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian on Dec 21 last year.
His passing meant that the present Umno-led government only has a one-seat majority in the state assembly.
At present, the state assembly is made up of Barisan Nasional comprising Umno (14 seats) and MIC (two); Perikatan Nasional consisting Bersatu (11) and PAS (one); while the Opposition bloc is made up of Pakatan Harapan’s DAP (14), PKR (seven) and Amanah (six).