Muar Harapan Vice-Chief Quits, Calls for Local Leadership Reshuffle

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Muar Pakatan Harapan vice-chairperson Naim Jusri has resigned and called for a reshuffle in its local leadership, revealing problems in the working relationship among component parties in the ruling coalition in Johor.

He said Muar Harapan had been “without a clear direction” since the 14th general election and thus required new leadership.

“There has been no teamwork in line with the philosophies ‘We are one family’ and ‘Struggle together’. This has caused unease at the grassroots level, subsequently causing Harapan’s support to erode,” Naim said in a letter dated Nov 19 which Malaysiakini sighted today.

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“As such, it is proposed that Muar Harapan’s leadership be reshuffled. It need not be led by an elected representative so that more focus can be given to work based on respective roles.”

The letter was addressed to division Harapan chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is also Muar MP as well as youth and sports minister.

Malaysiakini understands that Saddiq, who is from Bersatu, received the letter yesterday. He has been contacted for a response.

Last year was the first time BN was defeated in Muar, with Syed Saddiq edging out Umno’s Razali Ibrahim by 6,953 votes.

There are two state seats under the Muar parliamentary seat – Maharani and Sungai Balang.

Besides Syed Saddiq, the other local elected representative from Harapan is Maharani assemblyperson Nor Hayati Bachok, who is from Amanah.

Naim, who is also Muar PKR chief, had contested the Sungai Balang state seat in the general election last year but lost by 174 votes to Umno’s Zaiton Ismail.

Naim said his decision to quit as Muar Harapan vice-chairperson came after a local PKR meeting on Nov 18.

The meeting was held two days after Harapan was defeated by a landslide in the Tanjung Piai by-election, which has been described as a wake-up call for the coalition.

At the federal level, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is now mulling a cabinet reshuffle but said it would not be done soon. – Malaysiakini