Tussle over Johor menteri besar appointment not the first such crisis

Tensions rose this week after Datuk Osman Sapian stepped down as Johor menteri besar on Tuesday just 11 months into the job.
Tensions rose this week after Datuk Osman Sapian stepped down as Johor menteri besar on Tuesday just 11 months into the job.PHOTO: ST FILE

Similar logjams have occurred in other states; issue happens at a critical time for Mahathir

In March 2014, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won the state seat of Kajang in a by-election, and her Pakatan Rakyat (PR) alliance submitted her name to the Selangor ruler as the state's next menteri besar (chief minister).

The previous menteri besar - Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim - had been ousted by PR. Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah demurred on her nomination and asked for other possible candidates.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2019, with the headline 'Tussle over Johor MB appointment not the first such crisis'. Print Edition | Subscribe