The Johor state government will be monitoring the current situation involving the membership in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) before considering the need for a state election.
According to NST, Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the coalition that has the advantage of only 1 seat is not enough to call for a state election, and that the political situation in Johor is different compared to Sarawak or Melaka.
“Discussions or meetings with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is to inform about the position of the Johor government today which has a razor-thin difference with only a one-seat majority.”
“The current state government is becoming increasingly unstable and I am monitoring if such a situation unstable is taking place with the death of former Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian which has left Johor government with only 1 seat majority.”
“Whether we want to hold a by-election (PRK), the state assembly Speaker Suhaizan Kayat has explained that there is no need to hold it because we have passed 3 years limit,” he said during at the Johor Disaster Relief Mission held yesterday (25 December).
He said with the death of the Kempas assemblyman, the state government was left with only 1 majority seat.
Hasni, who is the Johor UMNO Chairman, said his party will need to see the latest reaction from Johor State Assemblyman which will be gauged through the Special State Assembly sitting on 6 January.
“We will look from all angles for me to understand the reaction among the state assemblymen from the existing coalition of parties which form the government today.”
“We have agreed that on Jan 6, a Special State Assembly Sitting will be held to amend the 1895 Johor State Constitution for the implementation of UNDI18 for voters who are 18 years old,” he said.
The Kempas assemblyman Datuk Osman Sapian died at his son’s house in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur on 22 December.
The state assembly is composed of 56 members, with 28 seats held by the state government compared to 27 seats held by the Pakatan Harapan opposition.