Johor Pakatan must have decided state exco line-up

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday the selection of the new line-up of the Johor state executive council (exco) must have been made by Johor Pakatan Harapan and that the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, had no influence in the decision.

“The Sultan has no influence and I suppose it’s Johor Pakatan Harapan (which made the decision),” the prime minister told reporters who approached him after he had opened the Orang Asli National Convention in Putrajaya.

Dr Mahathir, who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, said the new line-up should be decided by Johor Pakatan Harapan.

The Facebook account of Sultan Ibrahim yesterday carried a post on the 10 Johor state excos, including three new faces, who were sworn in before the Ruler.

Dr Mahathir was also asked about a DAP leader’s suggestion that the matriculation course be opened to all and the quota system of 90% for Bumiputeras and 10% for non-Bumiputeras be abolished.

He said: “We will study the problem.”

DAP Youth Wing Varsity Affairs Bureau director Leong Yu Shen reportedly urged the government to end the current practice of prioritising Bumiputera students in its preuniversity matriculation programme, saying it goes against the Federal Constitution’s guarantee of no discrimination against citizens.

Meanwhile, the full list of the state excos and portfolios was also announced by Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal. They are:

1) Dr Sahruddin (assemblyman for Bukit Kepong) — natural resources, administration, finance, planning and economic development.

2) Aminolhuda Hassan (Parit Yaani) — education, human resources, science and technology.

3) Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kota Iskandar) — housing, communications and multimedia.

4) Liow Cai Tung (Johor Jaya) — tourism and women, family and community development.

5) Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (Bukit Batu) — international trade, investments and utilities.

6) Mohd Khuzzan Abu Bakar (Semerah) — health, culture and heritage.

7) Dr S Ramakrishnan (Bekok) — unity, domestic trade and consumerism.

8) Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali (Paloh) — youth, sports, entrepreneur development and cooperatives.

9) Tosrin Jarvanthi (Bukit Permai) — Islamic religious affairs, agriculture and rural development.

10) Tan Chen Choon (Jementah) — local government, urban wellbeing and environment.

11) Mohd Solihan Badri (Tenang) — works, transport and infrastructure.