Johor PPBM chief denies threatening officer, asking factories to be reopened

Johor PPBM chairman Mazlan Bujang says he will be lodging a police report on the matter. (Facebook pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: Johor PPBM chairman Mazlan Bujang has denied threatening a state administrative officer and demanding that factories sealed in Pasir Gudang due to the recent air pollution incidents be allowed to resume operations.

Mazlan, who is also Puteri Wangsa assemblyman, said the claim was slanderous and aimed at ruining his image.

“I am aware of the claims but that was not what happened.

“As an assemblyman, I did meet several business owners from Pasir Gudang who came to see me, but they had no connection with the illegal factories there.

“They were local business owners, like car wash and food stall operators, who were directed to close down by the authorities,” he said when contacted today.

Mazlan said it was his responsibility as a state assemblyman to help the local business community by asking the authorities why their factories were directed to close down.

“Nothing was personal or threatening. This includes a claim that I said my authority as the PPBM state chairman is bigger than that of a federal minister and that I can overturn a minister’s directive,” he said.

Mazlan said he would lodge a police report on the matter tomorrow.

Mazlan was commenting on a Facebook post that showed a purported police report alleging that Mazlan had threatened a government officer and demanded that certain sealed factories in Pasir Gudang be allowed to operate again.