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New Johor Bersatu chief unveils line-up, MB absent

Newly-minted Johor Bersatu chief Mazlan Bujang today unveiled the state party line-up with Johor Menteri Besar Sahruddin Jamal notably absent from the list.

When contacted, Mazlan said Sahruddin was omitted from the line-up at his own request.

"The menteri besar asked not to be listed in the line-up because he wants to focus on the state administration," he told Malaysiakini.

However, Mazlan said he will make sure to involve Sahruddin in state party meetings.

"The menteri besar will be invited to attend our state meetings," he said.

Earlier today, Mazlan in a statement announced that Ledang Bersatu chief Mohd Solihan Badri will be appointed as Johor Bersatu secretary while Larkin Bersatu chief Mohd Izhar Ahmad and Pulai Bersatu chief Ya’cob Atan would be made treasurer and information chief respectively.

He also announced that the position of media director would be created and Sekijang Bersatu chief Uzzair Ismail will take up the position.

He also retained senator Nasir Hashim as the Johor Bersatu deputy chief.

The new line-up comes as Mazlan takes over from Osman Sapian as Johor Bersatu chief.

Osman was also the Johor menteri besar resigned last month after falling out with the central Bersatu leadership and Johor palace.

Mazlan, in his statement today, thanked Osman and the previous leadership for their services.

"I pray that the appointed line-up can carry out their duties and responsibilities to the best of their abilities for party and country," he said.

The current configuration departs from the norm where the Johor menteri besar is also the state party chief.

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