Johor MB’s son denies joining PPBM

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PETALING JAYA: Akmal Saufi, the son of Johor Menteri Besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin, has rubbished a report by Rocketkini that he has joined PPBM and has threatened to sue the portal, which is DAP’s official mouthpiece.

In a statement published on Facebook, Akmal said he was still an Umno member.

“The party must retract the article and issue a public apology immediately,” he wrote.

Jamal, who is also Johor Umno Youth information chief, also slammed the opposition for coming up with baseless allegations for cheap publicity.

“At the very least, please check my Instagram account before making any statements.”

According to Malaysiakini, Rocketkini had on Monday published an article by Johor DAP assistant publicity secretary Sheikh Omar Ali who claimed that Akmal and many Johor youths were leaning towards PPBM.

“For Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s information, the new generation of Johor Umno have joined or are leaning towards PPBM, such as Khaled Nordin’s own son, as well as the son of the state assembly speaker,” Sheikh Omar was reported to have said.

He made this allegation in response to Zahid’s remarks that the opposition was out to capture Johor in the next general election.

Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that Akmal’s lawyer, Rashid Zulkifli said Rocketkini had 48 hours to apologise for the claim which he said was slanderous.

“Rocketkini has tarnished my client’s image and has caused many to hate him, the menteri besar’s son, when they linked him to PPBM,” the Malay daily quoted Rashid as saying, adding that the portal had not contacted Akmal for comments.