New Menteri Besar of Johor sworn in

Dr Sahruddin Jamal, a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) assemblyman representing the seat of Bukit Kepong, was sworn in as Menteri Besar on April 14, 2019.
Dr Sahruddin Jamal, a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) assemblyman representing the seat of Bukit Kepong, was sworn in as Menteri Besar on April 14, 2019.PHOTO: SULTAN IBRAHIM SULTAN ISKANDAR/FACEBOOK

A new Johor Menteri Besar was sworn in yesterday, following tensions between Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the state's royal family over who has the right to choose the new chief minister.

Johor assemblyman Sahruddin Jamal, 43, became Johor's 17th Menteri Besar, replacing Datuk Osman Sapian, who lasted just 11 months. Dr Sahruddin was picked by the ruling Pakatan Harapan alliance, and sworn in by Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar. Also present was the Crown Prince, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

The ruler issued a statement later, asking those from "outside" the state to stop talking about who has authority over Johor, in a clear reference to Tun Dr Mahathir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'New Menteri Besar of Johor sworn in'. Print Edition | Subscribe