Johor delegates to skip debate at Umno general assembly

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Delegates from Johor will not be involved in any debate at the Umno general assembly starting tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur following the crisis over the appointment of the new menteri besar.

It was learned that in the meeting of Johor Umno leaders including division heads at the official residence of the menteri besar, Saujana, last night, Johor Umno liaison chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad had urged Umno members not to prolong the issue.

“On the other hand, he (Hasni) was magnanimous. He did not want the matter to be amplified,” a source told Bernama when contacted today.

According to the source, Hasni also wanted to stop the efforts of a handful of Johor Umno delegates who were against the appointment of Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi as the 19th Johor menteri besar.

It was learned that the meeting in Saujana last night began at 9pm and ended at about 3am with those present stating their undivided support to Hasni’s leadership.

Onn Hafiz, 43, who is Machap assemblyman, was sworn as the 19th Menteri Besar of Johor at Istana Serene taking over the post from Hasni.

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Earlier, Hasni was named as the sole candidate by Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during campaigning for the Johor election.

In the polls on Saturday, BN won a mandate of 40 seats out of the 56 seats in the state assembly and was in a comfortable position to form the state government.

However, three days after BN celebrated its victory, there was no indication on whether Hasni would return to lead the state government until rumours emerged linking Onn Hafiz’s name and Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi to the post.