The Johor DAP met yesterday to discuss possible snap election in the state, and decided to organise election workshops in all parliamentary constituencies beginning today.
DAP Johor chairman Liew Chin Tong said a state election committee was formed last May for this purpose, adding that the party believed the snap polls were likely as Johor Umno wanted to “decouple” itself from negative sentiments against Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“DAP must not stop short at just campaigning on anti-Najib sentiments,” said Liew at the meeting last night.
Also present were DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, Johor DAP deputy chairman S. Ramakrisnan, state opposition leader Gan Peck Cheng, as well as DAP assemblymen from Johor and exco members from Selangor.
Liew reminded DAP members to expand their campaign focus beyond the negative sentiments against Najib.
“We need to build a new national narrative, a clear alternative policy agenda and a strong connection with the local communities to convince Malaysians that lives after the fall of Najib would be a better one and a defeat of Barisan Nasional means a better Malaysia,” said Liew.
Liew admitted that the task to convince Johoreans would not be easy.
“The battle to offer Johoreans and Malaysians a new deal would not be a walk in the park.
“But it will be meaningful and emotional uplifting,” he added.
The speculation of a state election in Johor is the latest in a series of plans to hold separate state polls, after earlier talks in Penang, Selangor and Terengganu.
Meanwhile, Johor Umno denied the state leadership was split following the sacking of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from Umno.
“It is business as usual for Johor Umno. Umno is not built in a day or two,” said Johor MB and state Umno chief, Tan Sri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today.
Muhyiddin was the Johor menteri besar for nine years until 1995.
The former deputy prime minister was sacked for questioning Najib’s handling of the 1MDB saga, and was sacked soon after revelations that Najib received some RM2.6 billion in transactions linked to 1MDB entities.
Muhyiddin is now awaiting approval for his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, a new Bumiputera-only party with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its patron.