Wednesday, May 8, 2013

GE13: Khaled expected to be sworn in as Johor MB next week

JOHOR BARU: Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin is expected to be sworn in as Johor Menteri Besar next week after getting the consent of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar Wednesday.

The newly-elected Permas assemblyman confirmed this after an audience with the Sultan at Istana Pasir Pelangi here during which they discussed the date of the oath of office of the Menteri Besar as well as the state executive council line-up.

Speaking to reporters later, Khaled said Sultan Ibrahim told him to go over the state executive councillors list before having another audience to present the line-up again.

"In Johor, the Menteri Besar's swearing in is held together with that of the state executive councillors. So, this will take some time. I will finalise the list this week," said Mohamed Khaled.

Present were Johor Council of Royal Court secretary Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli and State Secretary Datuk Obet Tawil.

Mohamed Khaled said the 10-member Johor executive council would be made up of seven Umno assemblymen, two from MCA and one from MIC.

However, he said, he would have to consult the MCA over the party's representation since it had decided not to accept any position in the federal or state governments following its poor performance in the just-concluded 13th general election on Sunday.

Mohamed Khaled said Sultan Ibrahim wanted the state executive councillors to be made up of assemblymen who could work and think in the interests of the people of Johor to enable them (people) to get the best service possible.

On the strong presence of the Opposition in the state assembly, he said there was nothing to be afraid of if Barisan assemblymen carried out their responsibilities to the best of their ability.

Barisan retained Johor with a two-thirds' majority by clinching 38 out of 56 state seats while the Opposition secured 18 seats - 14 by the DAP, three by PAS and one by PKR.

*Taken from The Star Online

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