Johor MB arrives at palace for audience with Sultan

JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad has arrived at Istana Bukit Serene here for an audience with Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Iskandar.

Hasni arrived at the palace gates at 4.40pm.

He will seek His Majesty’s consent to dissolve the state legislative assembly and hold a state election.

Sultan Ibrahim arrived earlier at Istana Bukit Serene at 4.13pm followed by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim at 4.26pm.

The Star reported that Hasni would meet with Johor state executive councillors at Kota Iskandar before the audience with Sultan Ibrahim.

“I will meet the press later at 6pm to make an announcement. At the moment, I have received the mandate from Johor Umno to proceed with the state election,” he said after chairing the meeting at state Umno headquarters.

The Johor State Assembly is expected to be officially dissolved on Saturday (Jan 22) evening to pave the way for a state election.

The Umno-led government has a simple majority with 28 seats against Pakatan Harapan’s 27, with one seat left vacant after the passing of former mentri besar and Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian 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), Amanah (six) and PKR (seven).

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