PETALING JAYA: Pejuang is determined to stop Umno from winning the upcoming Johor state elections as it wants to prevent the “court cluster from regaining power”, its chairman said today.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the decision to call for the snap polls in Johor was the latest move by the “court cluster and Umno kleptocrats” to strengthen their position before the 15th general election (GE15).
“The impact of the Johor state elections result on the next general election is huge and must not be taken lightly.
“If the party backed by the court cluster and kleptocrats win the general election, they will use their positions to resolve their court cases,” the former prime minister said in a letter to Johor voters today.
The “court cluster” refers to a group of Umno leaders who are either on trial or have been convicted over charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust (CBT), abuse of power and money laundering. It includes former prime minister Najib Razak and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
While acknowledging that those from the “court cluster” will not be contesting any seats in Johor, Mahathir said they will use Umno and other Barisan Nasional candidates to strengthen their position.
“I believe that the Johor voters will support Pejuang to help stop Umno’s plan,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pejuang president Mukhriz Mahathir said the party will introduce all 42 of its candidates standing in the Johor elections two days before the nomination day.
Johor will go to the polls on March 12 with early voting taking place on March 8, and the nomination day set for Feb 26.