PAGOH: Tensions have reached an all-time high in Johor, with the PPBM warning Umno that their arrogance might lead to the state government collapsing at any moment.
Md Nasir Hashim, deputy chairman of the Johor PPBM, said that menteri besar Hasni Mohammad’s reign would come to an end if only two of his assemblymen withdrew their support.
Nasir said his party was frustrated by Hasni’s remarks at the Umno general assembly over the weekend, citing the former’s derogatory remarks about PPBM’s achievements and status in the state government.
“Hasni should have been more careful with his statements. As the menteri besar, he should instead focus on developing the state and improving the economy along with its allies in Perikatan Nasional (PN),” said Nasir.
If Hasni continues to be arrogant, Nasir believes it will strain ties between the parties, giving the public a negative impression of the government’s stability and integrity.
“I would like to remind the menteri besar, that if there are any of our assemblymen who are disappointed by his statement and stance, the current state government can fall at any time,” he said at a press conference here today.
The BN-PN joint state government has 29 seats, with Umno (14), PPBM (12), MIC (2), and PAS (1), compared to DAP (14), PKR (7), and Amanah (1) for Pakatan Harapan.
Hasni said on Saturday that a study by Umno found that PN support in the state was low when compared to Umno’s.
Hasni also stated that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s position was in jeopardy, especially in the Pagoh parliamentary constituency, which he had won in the previous six general elections. His remarks come as relations between the two parties remain strained, with Umno announcing that it will not cooperate with PPBM in the 15th general election (GE15).