Johor Sultan Threatens to Dissolve State Assembly if Alleged Power Grab Continues

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The Johor legislative assembly will be dissolved if politicians continue to fight for positions, said Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

In a Facebook post today, the Johor ruler said: “I will dissolve the Johore legislative assembly immediately if elected lawmakers continue to tussle for power”.

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“I will give Johor voters the chance to elect new leaders and I hope they will pick representatives that work for the people and the state, and not for themselves or their parties.”

He said he is disappointed with the political tussles that are happening in the state.

“They don’t seem to care about the people when everyone is suffering (from the Covid-19 pandemic).

“I cannot bear to see my subjects suffer and my state in chaos as I have sworn to defend the state at all times,” said Sultan Ibrahim.

The Johor Ruler added that he took an oath to protect and safeguard the well-being of his subjects at all times.

The stern warning from the 61-year-old state monarch came following rumours that the current state Perikatan Nasional (PN) government may collapse.

Yesterday, there were rumours that Johor may see a political change after several state assemblymen were said to be in talks to take over the southern state after they claim to hold the majority.

At present, Johor is led by PN under the leadership of its Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad.

His administration holds a simple majority of 29 seats, while the state Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition has 27 seats.

The Johor assembly has 56 seats. Both Umno and DAP have 14 each. The remaining seats are held by Bersatu (11), Amanah (9), PKR (4), MIC (2), PAS (1) and one independent.