Osman to explain on Saturday why he resigned

JOHOR BAHRU (April 11): Datuk Osman Sapian will explain his reasons for resigning as the Johor Menteri Besar on Saturday.

Speaking to Bernama here yesterday, he said the explanation would be made after he had had an audience with the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

However, he did not explain in further details how the clarification would be made, whether through a media conference or press statement.

“Insya Allah (God willing), on April 13 (I will make a clarification) after having an audience with the Ruler (Sultan Johor),” he said through the WhatsApp application.

He was asked to clarify whether the decision to resign from the post was made in the interest of the existing Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government or otherwise.

Previously there was talk that Osman’s position would be taken over by a new person following various controversies implicating him when he was administering the State Government.

However, it was only yesterday that the rumour was confirmed after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced the resignation of Osman effective Monday.

Osman, 67, was the 16th Johor Menteri Besar and is believed to have served the shortest period of less than 11 months after taking his oath of office on May 12 last year after the PH victory in the 14th General Election.

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