THE appointment of the next Johor Menteri Besar should be done in accordance to the constitution which states that the party that has the majority will decide the candidate, said Anwar Ibrahim.
The PKR president said the candidate’s name will then be submitted to the sultan to appoint the menteri besar.
“The decision must be in accordance with the constitution. The candidate will be chosen from the party that has majority rule and is presented to his highness (the sultan) for approval,” he said.
“The constitution is clear. The candidate will be one who has majority support from the state legislative assembly,” he said after a Rantau by-election campaign event yesterday.
When asked whose name was submitted, Anwar told reporters to ask Dr Mahathir as he was also awaiting the name of Osman Sapian’s replacement.
“You’ll have to ask Dr Mahathir. The candidate has to be approved by the sultan (of Johor). He hasn’t approved it yet because he is on holiday,” Anwar said.
On Wednesday, Dr Mahathir said the power to select a replacement for former Johor menteri besar Osman Sapian lays with the ruling party and not the sultan.
His comments appeared to be in response to a tweet by Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who said Osman was replaced on the orders of his father, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar, who has absolute prerogative to appoint the head of the Johor government.