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PH confident of capturing Johor, says Muhyiddin

 | August 14, 2017

Pakatan Harapan deputy president says opposition coalition can win in a BN stronghold as proven when it took over the reins of government in Selangor previously.


PETALING JAYA: An opposition leader is confident of wresting Johor from the Barisan Nasional in the coming general election, if the increased support Pakatan Harapan (PH) has garnered thus far is anything to go by.

In claiming so, PH deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin pointed out that Selangor and Penang were examples that the opposition can unseat the ruling coalition in an election.

Pakatan Rakyat, the then opposition coalition, captured Penang and Selangor in the general election of 2008.

Muhyiddin, who is also PPBM president, said this has caused Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin to panic, based on the recent statements he has made.

“The Johor MB said he doesn’t want the state to end up like Penang, where allegedly it is tougher for Muslims to live.

“But how can this be? This shows that Umno leaders are panicking.

“Also, there are lots of problems in Johor itself. We promise to do better than BN if we become the state government,” he told reporters after chairing a PH election council meeting here this evening.

He was commenting on a report by Malaysiakini which quoted Khaled as saying that Johor will never become a second Penang.

Khaled, according to the portal, claimed the people of Penang under DAP’s administration were trapped by “liberal values which have eroded their national identity and religious values”.

But Muhyiddin said Khaled’s statement reeked of desperation.

“He is now begging for support from the people as his position is under threat.”

Meanwhile, Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong said there was no need to keep making DAP the bogeyman by claiming that the party would become the government if the opposition won the 14th general election.

The Kluang MP said such claims “don’t benefit BN”.

“If PH wins Johor, DAP will be part of the state government.

“But the leader would be the one PH has agreed on for Johor, which is Muhyiddin,” he said.

“And ultimately, anyone who wants to work with PH must agree to replace BN and Umno. PH is here to replace Umno.”


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