Hornbill Unleashed

February 3, 2018

Pakatan to take over Johor? Show us the numbers, says BN

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin (right) talking to state Umno information chief Datuk Samsol Bari Jamali after a closed-door meeting at the Johor Umno liaison committee headquarters in Johor Baru, February 2, 2018. — Picture by Ben TanThe state chapter of Barisan Nasional (BN) today challenged the Opposition pact to prove that it can take over Johor in the 14th general elections (GE14) with empirical data, and not just hearsay.Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said support for Johor BN is solid and the party will not hesitate to put up a strong challenge to those who harbour dreams of taking over the state.

“If they say they can rule Johor for the coming general election, show it to us with empirical evidence,” Mohamed Khaled said, referring to Pakatan Harapan.

“If not, we will just take these claims as mere psychological warfare by the Opposition.”

Mohamed Khaled spoke to the media after chairing a closed-door Johor Umno liaison committee meeting at the party’s state headquarters in Jalan Yahya Awal here.

Mohamed Khaled, who is also the Johor Umno liaison committee chairman, was commenting on a front-page article in a local Malay daily today quoting PKR vice-president Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin that Perak, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah will fall after the GE14 based on the current political climate.

Present at the meeting were all of the state Umno division and deputy chiefs, including Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, Datuk Razali Ibrahim, and Datuk Hamim Samuri.

Mohamed Khaled also slammed the Opposition’s plan to take over Johor as having false hopes, claiming the pact have not even identified the state seats they wish to challenge.

“Are they identifying the areas from a helicopter? Is it the state seats of Permas, Semarang, Mahkota or Kemelah?” he said in jest as the three division chiefs of the mentioned areas, including him, were at the meeting room.

The Permas assemblyman also claimed that the performance of Opposition representatives in both state assembly and Parliament are below expectations.

“We have done a study for the past two years and we will reveal the assessment data when the time comes,” he said, adding that the standard used is the same one used on BN elected representatives.

Mohamed Khaled said Johor BN is 90 per cent prepared for the coming general elections with a 100,000-strong manpower for the election machinery.

He said the remainder 10 per cent of tasks are minor issues on identifying new voters and updating their respective databanks.

Overall, Mohamed Khaled said he was satisfied with preparations at all levels including BN divisions and what was left was to strengthen some weak areas and settle minor issues.

He also revealed that there will be new faces in the elections line-up for Johor BN, but will let the central leadership officially endorse the candidates.

On a separate matter, Mohamed Khaled also said the meeting touched-on preparations for next week’s visit by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to the state.

“This visit will be a good opportunity to give an insight on the state to the two leaders,” he said.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by BEN TAN




  1. After GE14, UMNO Baru will become UMNO Lama …

    Comment by tigeryka — February 5, 2018 @ 8:39 AM | Reply

  2. After GE14 Umno Baru will know precisely where they have lost and why they are defeated and replaced as State government n Johor.

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — February 3, 2018 @ 11:56 AM | Reply

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