PM Dismisses Suggestion for Muhyiddin to be Johor MB

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Spat with Johor palace continues.

  • Muhyiddin has other jobs, not appropriate to be MB again
  • Government would propose a candidate for post
  • Up to cops to act against TMJ

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed a Johor Umno suggestion that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin be appointed as the new Johor menteri besar, saying the Home Minister has something else to do.

“It is the winning party (PH) which names the menteri besar, not the losers. The losers keep quiet,” he said.


The prime minister was responding to whether he would consider the Johor Umno’s suggestion that Muhyiddin, who has experience as a Johor menteri besar and deputy prime minister, lead the state government.

Dr Mahathir, who is also chairman of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Bersatu, said the government would put up a candidate for the post.

However, he said that the candidate must come from Bersatu, keeping with the PH promise among its parties during the general election last May.

Muhyiddin himself shot down the proposal for him to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Johor menteri besar Osman Sapian.

“That call came from Umno. They think they have the right and power to name me. I don’t think so.

“I was the menteri besar before, and I do not think it is appropriate for me to come back,” Muhyiddin said.

Asked about the statement yesterday by the Sultan of Johor calling on “certain parties” to stop meddling in matters concerning the state, Dr Mahathir said Johor is a part of Malaysia.

“Unless, of course, it’s a foreign country. I don’t interfere in the internal affairs of foreign countries,” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman today said it is up to the police to take action against Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim if any reports are lodged.


“I am not a lawyer. But the reality is that, if there are police reports made, I leave it to the wisdom of the police to evaluate,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.

He was responding to Ismail Mohamed Said (BN-Kuala Krau), who had asked if the government was ready to act against the Johor crown prince.

Ismail also asked if the words uttered by Tunku Ismail – popularly known as TMJ – against Dr Mahathir and the government over the past few weeks could be deemed seditious.

“Can the words used by TMJ be categorised as seditious? Will the government take action? With what mechanism, can action be taken, considering that it can affect political stability and the prime minister’s credibility?”

Ismail did not state which remark by the outspoken crown prince he was referring to, but TMJ had been engaged in a tit-for-tat social media war of words with Dr Mahathir over various issues recently.

Azis said he will let the police decide whether the remarks were seditious in nature.

Related reports:

Apr 10, PM-Johor Palace Tiff

Apr 9, TMJ Confirms MB to Be Swapped, but on Sultan’s Decree