KOTA TINGGI: Johor Umno is as strong as ever despite expectations that it would split into factions after the suspension and expulsion of Muhyiddin Yassin as Umno deputy president.
Johor Umno chairman Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the forecast was totally wrong and nothing of that sort had happened.
“Johor Umno is the same as before. We were not born yesterday, two days ago or three general elections ago,” he said at the Kota Tinggi Umno delegates’ meeting in Tanjung Sedili.
“Even though we have gone through a lot of turbulence and challenges since last year, our members have remained united.”
The meeting was opened by Umno president Najib Razak.
Khaled said Johor Umno was established before the nation was founded at a time when the country was struggling for independence.
“For a political movement as mature as this, it has its own extraordinary strength. More so as this is Umno’s birth place,” he said, referring to the formation of the party at a meeting in Johor Baru in 1946.
He said that although Muhyiddin was a great Johor leader and had contributed much, the party respected his decision to choose a different path. “The party must carry on with its tasks and focus on those who choose to remain loyal with us.”