Report: Former Johor MB Hasni says he feels like Umno is bullying him

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Former Johor menteri besar Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad said that Umno’s decision to sack and suspend several leaders on Friday will only weaken the party further.

He added that he feels as if he is being bullied by the party leadership despite all that he has achieved in Johor.

“Now, after I supported the contest in Umno (for the post of president and deputy president), I am being seen as going against the wishes of the party.

“I beg to differ,” he told The Star when met after attending a wedding reception in Benut yesterday.

On Friday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan announced that Hasni had been replaced as Umno Johor’s state chairman by Kota Tinggi MP Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

Hasni, who attended the supreme council meeting on Friday, added that he was not in the room when the sackings and suspensions happened.

“Actually, many council members voiced their views, but president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had already made up his mind and was not open to reasoning,” he said.

Despite being replaced, Hasni however called on the leaders who were sacked or suspended to appeal the decision and not consider other parties which might already be wooing them.

“I hope all those who were sacked or suspended will remain with the party and not rush to join other parties. I hope they can appeal their suspension.

“They can still contribute via other platforms,” he added.

Meanwhile, the same report by The Star quoted Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi as saying that the purge of leaders on Friday night came as a shock to many without elaborating further.

“I think many are shocked and saddened by the decision that came last night.

“It will be a huge responsibility for the leaders to manage the perception of the party members as well as the rakyat in general,” he said.