JOHOR BAHRU: Fifty-six Johor state legislative assemblymen were summoned for an audience with the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan near here, apparently in connection with current political developments in the state.
They were asked to state their support for Pakatan Harapan or a coalition government during the five-minute interviews.
Observations by Bernama found that vehicles conveying the assemblymen began arriving at Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim as early as 1.05pm.
The vehicle bearing Sultan Ibrahim arrived at the building at 2.44pm, followed by the vehicle of Johor Menteri Besar Dr Sahruddin Jamal seven minutes later.
At 3.25pm, the vehicle bearing the Regent of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, was seen entering the compound.
Earlier, among the state legislators seen were International Trade, Investment and Utilities Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (Bukit Batu); Education, Health and Human Resources Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan (Parit Yaani); and Youth, Sports and Culture Committee chairman Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar (Semerah).
Muhyiddin Yassin (Gambir), who is also the Pagoh MP and PPBM president, was present too.
Opposition leader at the state legislative assembly, Hasni Mohammad (Benut) was also spotted.
Dzulkefly Ahmad, the Kota Iskandar assemblyman, said the audience with the ruler was brief and went on smoothly, with each representative being interviewed for about five minutes.
The assemblyman, who is also the Johor Amanah deputy chairman, expressed his gratitude to the Sultan for helping to resolve the political situation.
Dr S Ramakrishnan, the assemblyman for Bekok, said the Sultan “asked only one question, Pakatan Harapan or a coalition”.
It was confirmed that several other assemblymen were not able to be present as they were still in Kuala Lumpur in the wake of the current political developments in the country.
Among these were Salahuddin Ayub (Simpang Jeram), who is also the Pulai MP, and Amanah deputy president, as well as Mazlan Bujang (Puteri Wangsa), who is also Johor PPBM chairman.
The Johor state legislative assembly has 56 seats, out of which both Umno and DAP have 14 each, PPBM 11, Amanah nine, PKR five, MIC two and PAS one.