PETALING JAYA: Umno veteran Shahrir Samad said he had been left embarrassed that despite a landslide election victory, Hasni Mohammad would not be nominated to a second term as menteri besar.
Shahrir said Hasni’s statement yesterday, in which he called for a young person to lead the state, inferred that another had been named to succeed him.
“So I feel ashamed about attending the Umno assembly next weekend.
“Umno can obtain the mandate, but cannot name a party leader to head the state government,” he said in a Facebook post.
He said that he had laughed at Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan in the run-up to the Johor elections over their inability to name a prospective menteri besar candidate.
He had been certain that Hasni would be a shoo-in. “But apparently he is not fit, and Johor Umno can’t do a thing.”
Shahrir said he was also embarrassed by what had taken place after Hasni led the coalition to a win in the elections.
Last night, Onn Hafiz Ghazi, a great grandson of Umno’s founder, was being touted as the next menteri besar, following Hasni’s call for a young person to lead Johor.
Hasni had been expected to be nominated for another term as menteri besar after BN won 40 seats in the 56-member state assembly on Saturday.
A report by Berita Harian speculated that Onn would replace Hasni, while Malaysiakini reported that Onn, Hasni and Umno Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi were on a shortlist. Puad has since brushed off such talk.