Johor Palace: ‘New coalition’ to rule the state

Johor Palace: ‘New coalition’ to rule the state

PUCHONG: The Johor state government would be governed by a ‘new coalition’ soon after the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

In a statement today, the Johor Sultan’s private secretary Datuk Jaba Mohd Noah said that the decision was made after the state assemblymen presented their case to state Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Shah.

“Yesterday, state menteri besar Datuk Saharuddin Jamal and Johor Umno chief Datuk Hasni Mohammad had an audience with His Majesty to brief the latter on the latest political developments.

“The Ruler was told that they have formed a new coalition to form the state government. However, His Majesty decided to interview all 56 state assemblymen to fact check their story.

“In conclusion, Sultan Ibrahim was satisfied that there are 28 assemblymen in support of the new pact, while the balance 26 stuck with Pakatan.

“Therefore, the Ruler is in view that the new coalition will have the right to name the menteri besar, followed a new team of state executive councillors,” he said.

Jaba also said that interview sessions, which took place at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim in Johor Bahru, was witnessed by state secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani and state legal advisor Amir Nasruddin.  

He added that there were two state assemblymen who were absent for the interview, which were Puteri Wangsa (Mazlan Bujang) and Simpang Jeram (Datuk Salahuddin Ayub).

By G Vinod