Johor Umno deputy chief Nur Jazlan Mohamed has reiterated his view that Umno should not concede its traditional seats to Bersatu in the next general election.
He told the state Bersatu to stop dreaming of contesting in these constituencies, particularly those won under the BN’s ticket in 2018 polls.
Nur Jazlan said this as Johor Bersatu is now facing a crisis over the dissolution of divisions and branches in Sembrong and Batu Pahat.
He added that the latest development was close to what he had predicted, where Bersatu would ultimately be dissolved like Semangat 46.
“Bersatu polls will be held next month but up until now, there is still no end to election at the division level. It appears that the divisions are sluggish,” Nur Jazlan was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
“Bersatu leadership in Johor has no control… but it is eyeing to contest more seats and have asked Umno people to support them,” he said.
It was reported that the Bersatu supreme council had decided to dissolve the committees in the Sembrong and Batu Pahat divisions.
New chiefs will be appointed after the party holds its annual general assembly by end of this year.
Meanwhile, Nur Jazlan agreed with Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that Muafakat Nasional has strong political cooperation that should be continued to ensure political stability after the 15th general election.
“MN is built through powerful understanding between two parties (Umno and PAS) that have their own strength and track record in their machinery and the grassroots. Compared to Bersatu, it is only a new set up to achieve certain goals.”
Bersatu and Umno in Johor have been “at war” even after Perikatan Nasional took control of the state following the Sheraton Move.
Bersatu, which led the state during the Pakatan Harapan era, was not happy when an Umno leader was appointed as the new menteri besar.
The friction between them had threatened to destabilise the PN state government, prompting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to step in and resolve the differences.
In the 2018 national polls, Bersatu won eight state seats while BN took 19. In November the same year, Bersatu recruited three BN state assemblypersons.