Dr. Sahruddin Jamal, a first-term assemblyman has officially begun his first day as the Johor menteri besar today (15th April 2019) at Kota Iskandar as he was sworn in on the 14th of April 2019 by the Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Dr. Sahruddin who was the first-term Bukit Kepong assemblyman received a congratulatory note by the Johor ruler after the official swearing in yesterday.
“I congratulate Sahruddin Jamal, who has been appointed as the new Johor menteri besar.
“I hope he will be able to carry out his responsibilities with honesty, sincerity and trustworthiness, and put the state’s interests ahead of his personal or political interests for the sake of the rakyat’s welfare and Johor’s economic prosperity.
“I also want him to focus on the issue of river pollution to ensure the sources of our water are clean and long-lasting,” said the statement released by the Johor Sultan on its official Facebook page.
Previously when Dato’ Osman Bin Sapian, the short-lived Johor menteri besar resigned, there were rumours and speculations of who the next Johor menteri besar would be on top of a short trade of barbs between Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and the Johor Royals over who would be picking the replacement.
The former Johor menteri besar was reported to have said that he has the utmost confidence that Dr. Sahruddin would be able to help steer the state to greater heights.
“If we had not seen it in him, Dr Sahruddin would not have been appointed as a candidate in the last general election,” Sapian was reported to have said by The Star adding that he was willing to help the new Johor menteri besar.
“If he needs my help, I am open as both of us come from the same party, I am the most senior state legislative member, a former mentri besar and have the experience,” Sapian said.
Dr. Sahruddin who was a Bersatu member was also congratulated by Johor Harapan chief and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I congratulate Sahruddin on the appointment. I pray he is able to carry out his duties with integrity and trustworthiness,” said Muhyiddin who was also Johor menteri besar from 1986 to 1995.
Muhyiddin was also reported by MalaysiaKini to have expressed gratitude towards Sultran Ibrahim for consenting on Harapan’s choice of Dr. Sahruddin as the new menteri besar.
“I am grateful to Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim for consenting to the appointment of Bukit Kepong assemblyperson Sahruddin as the new Johor menteri besar, as suggested by Harapan top leadership,” Muhyiddin said on his official Facebook post yesterday while also expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister and Bersatu chairperson Dr. Mahathir for having faith in the Johor Harapan to oversee the transition of leadership.
“I thank God for the blessings from the Harapan leadership at the Johor and central levels, so that the transition of leadership in the state was carried out smoothly.”
However, its not all congratulatory words as Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has reminded the new Johor menteri besar that the Johor Palace supported Umno and Barisan Nasional in the last general election while the people of Johor had voted in Pakatan Harapan to form the new government during the 9th of May polls last year.
“I only wish to refresh his memory about the fact that the majority of the people of Johor had rejected Umno/Barisan Nasional although the Johor Palace had openly sided (with them) in that general election.
“Even urging Johor voters not to change helmsman and threatened (a) forked tongue individual which was obviously aimed at Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” Kadir was reported to have wrote in his own personal capacity on his blog by the MalayMail.
Kadir was reported to have said that the new Johor menteri besar Dr Sahruddin would only deserve his congratulations if he succeeds in carrying out his responsibility to the people of Johor.
“He does not need to be reminded that he has taken over from a mentri besar who served a very short term.
“I suggest he become a student of the former mentri besar, Osman Sapian, on why his tenure was so brief,” Kadir added.
15th April 2019 20:55