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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Ex-Johor MB gone rogue: Johor Bersatu seeks guidance from central leaders

Malaysiakini

The Johor Bersatu will leave it to the party leadership to deal with Osman Sapian after a video, which has gone viral, showed the former Johor Menteri Besar allegedly campaigning for an Independent candidate at the recent Slim state by-election.
Its chairperson Mazlan Bujang said they, at the state liaison level, had no authority to take action against any member who flouted party rules.
"Let Tan Sri (Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin), through the committee (disciplinary board) make whatever decision.
"Disciplinary matters come under the party's disciplinary board, so we at the state level do not have any comments to make regarding this matter. Everything depends on the management to take action. If the video recording is authentic, they (the disciplinary board) will investigate. Then it's up to Muhyiddin and he can order for it to be checked or investigated,” he said.
Mazlan, who is also Johor Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairperson, said this when met by reporters at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Merdeka Convoy in Johor Bahru today.
Yesterday, a video went viral showing Osman, who is also the Ayer Hitam Bersatu division head, supposedly speaking at a campaign supporting Independent candidate Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi at the Slim by-election.
In the video, Osman is said to have admitted to being the Kempas state assemblyman on the Bersatu ticket and that he was still a member of the party, but alleged that Bersatu had strayed from its original struggles.
Previously, Osman had claimed that his presence in Slim, Perak, was to meet up with old friends while on holiday and stressed that it had nothing to do with politics.
Mazlan, meanwhile, has urged all parties not to be quick to jump to conclusions, especially regarding internal party matters.
"We shall follow the accurate source. If it's true that there has been misconduct, then we need to give (the person) a chance to explain. We must be mature when dealing with this situation,” he said,
Bernama

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