by TMR / pic by BERNAMA
Johor’s executive councillor (exco) and Bukit Kepong assemblyman Dr Sahruddin Jamal (picture) was sworn in as the state’s 17th mentri besar (MB) yesterday.
The swearing-in ceremony was held yesterday morning at Istana Bukit Serene, witnessed by Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Dr Sahruddin, 43, was Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman before this. He succeeds Datuk Osman Sapian, who stepped down on April 8 for unknown reasons, after 11 months occupying the office.
A Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) member, Dr Sahruddin holds an MBBS degree from Universiti Hasanuddin, Makassar, Indonesia. Before entering politics, he operated his own clinic in Bukit Pasir, Pagoh.
His wife Dr Nila Armila Mukdan is also a doctor and the couple have three daughters.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Dr Sahruddin has pledged to carry out his responsibilities to the best of his ability to ensure the state’s progress.
According to him, the most important thing is to ensure that Johoreans continue to enjoy the progress and development as planned.
“With the help of all YBs (Yang Berhormat) and our friends, Insya Allah (God willing) we will be able to bring Johor forward,” he said.
The new line-up of excos will be made in the next 14 days, with some changes, said Dr Sahruddin.
“Datuk Osman Sapian had his own team and I will have mine, and I will choose those I am comfortable working with. More importantly, how can we help the community, to make sure that the community has access to facilities that we have planned before,” he said.
Pakatan Harapan currently controls 39 seats in the state legislative assembly, while Barisan Nasional and PAS have 16 and one representatives respectively.
Within Pakatan Harapan, DAP has 14 seats, PPBM (11), Parti Amanah Negara (nine) and PKR (five).