Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) lawmaker and Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairman Dr Sahruddin Jamal has been sworn in as the 17th Johor Chief Minister.
Dr Sahruddin was said to be among the front runners of the post ever since he replaced former Chief Minister Datuk Osman Sapian’s seat during the Malaysia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat on April 9.
The appointment has also put the “war” between Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Johor Palace to rest.
Dr Sahruddin began to garner media attention back in May 2018 when GE-14 took place and gained a lot of coverage since the chemical pollution at Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang in March 2019.
The statements he gave regarding the crisis were about the number of victims, the amount of chemical waste dumped in the river, and the clean-up work.
Speculations had been circulating that Osman had to step down because Johor Palace was displeased with the way he handled the Sungai Kim Kim pollution crisis.
Based on this, one could say that Dr Sahruddin was chosen as the new chief minister because of his commitment and involvement in the said crisis.