KUALA LUMPUR – March 20, 2018: The knives are out for Titiwangsa member of parliament Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani, with some of his constituents explicitly stating that they object to the attempted backstabbing.
Convinced that the anti-Johari movement was the work of disgruntled Umno members, these constituents describe the plot as selfish because Johari has been an excellent MP.
In driving that point further, this group, through several Titiwangsa-based non-governmental organisations and associations, has lodged police reports over caustic allegation printed on several anti-Johari banners put up across the constituency.
Titiwangsa Volunteers secretary Hamizi Mat Juah recalled being shocked when he saw a banner claiming that Johari was an arrogant MP who stopped servicing his constituents after winning the seat in 2013.
“Datuk Jo (Johari) is a helpful and down-to-earth person who will help those in need.
“He had been servicing the people, especially the underprivileged in Titiwangsa, three years before he became our MP and he has yet to stop servicing us,” said Hamizi.
The anti-Johari movement gained notoriety yesterday after several banners urging Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to field another candidate in Titiwangsa in the coming elections.
The Jalan Boat Malay Hawkers and Traders Association was also among those that lodged a police report, with one member, Hassan Daud, saying it was foolish for disgruntled Umno members to pull such a stunt.
“What were they thinking? Johari is winnable candidate and they want to replace him?
“If they want to be a candidate so badly then service the constituents first before asking for our votes. Urban voters are very politically savvy, you won’t get our votes if you don’t work for it,” said Hassan.
Johari, a first-time MP, won the seat by only 866 votes, defeating Ahmad Asa’ad Khuzaimi of PAS.
And him being the only two Barisan Nasional candidates to win in Kuala Lumpur in the last general elections from 11 seats was a point raised Titiwangsa Umno division deputy chief Datuk Affendi Zahari in stressing how winnable Johari is.
“I am convinced the movement to discredit Johari is an inside job. They want to create the impression that a storm is brewing in Titiwangsa but there is no storm. Titiwangsa Umno is behind Johari 100 per cent.
“We will wait for the police to complete its investigation before filing a complaint to the Umno disciplinary board,” said Affendi at a press conference after lodging a police report.