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Johor polls: Perikatan chairman Muhyiddin says satisfied with coalition’s performance after securing three seats as ‘underdogs’

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin delivers a speech at the launch of Perikatan Nasional’s manifesto ahead of the Johor state election in Johor Bahru March 2, 2022. — Picture by Hari Anggara

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MUAR, March 12 – Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has expressed satisfaction over the overall performance of the coalition in the Johor state polls after its conclusion last night.

In a press conference following Barisan Nasional’s resounding victory, the Pagoh MP said the coalition — comprising PAS, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia — has nonetheless managed to make inroads and generate traction among the people despite being a relatively new political coalition.

“In several areas and zones, we observed that the party’s support was very encouraging, which meant that the two-weeks campaigning we executed had indeed gained the attention of Johoreans.

“However, we were still short of tipping the balance and making changes. This is a sign we accepted even though the support was not what we had expected,” he told reporters in Kulai.

Out of the 56 seats the coalition contested, PN only managed to secure Bukit Kepong, Endau and Maharani.

According to the official Election Commission (EC) results, BN had obtained enough seats to form the state government through a simple majority after crossing the 28-seat threshold at 11pm.

A total of 56 seats were up for grabs in the polls.

When asked to comment on the coalition’s overall success in only securing three seats, Muhyiddin said he did not feel aggrieved by the circumstances.

“Yes, I take responsibility (for the coalition’s performance). If some party members feel they are upset by my performance, know that I have done my best.

“To me, this was nothing wrong. This wasn’t easy since previously we won on the ticket of another political party. In any case, we respect the outcome,” he added.

On whether he would face calls for his resignation as the coalition’s chairman, Muhyiddin said he was prepared to do so, but any such decision would be bound by the consensus achieved among the coalition’s component parties.

“I am prepared any time. If they want me out, it is acceptable for me,” he said.

The Johor state election was triggered in January after caretaker Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad sought the dissolution of the state assembly despite still holding a one-seat majority, following the death of former mentri besar Datuk Osman Sapian who was the Bersatu assemblyman for Kempas.

According to the EC, a total of 2,597,742 eligible voters cast their vote.

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