It has been an exciting, draining day...!
Something that you don't quite expect to happen has happened. Some would say this was an untimely, unwise move. Some may see the Prime Minister in a totally new light.
I believe the move had caught many off guard. Even one seasoned journo said before the announcement today that "No. 1 would never drop No. 2", going by the grassroots support that the latter has.
You'll never know with life and politics.
- The closest I ever got to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was when he presented this award to me in 2012. Taking a moment to reminisce (ahem). Everyone else is also reminiscing on Facebook.
Two other former deputy prime ministers from Johor that did not become PMs were Tun Dr Ismail Abd Rahman and Tun Musa Hitam.
On a separate matter, the Johor Baru Central Municipal Council in Skudai, Johor Baru, may be relocated to a new building sprawling 20 acres in the future. Negotiations with UEM Sunrise Berhad is still underway.
The MPJBT was formerly known as the Johor Baru Tengah District Council. In 2001, it became a local authority with municipal status.
The municipal council would already have been accorded city status when it moves to the new site. When it gets city status, the property valuation and assessment rate will probably also be reviewed. So, residents here, please start saving money now. That was a note to self.
Before that, MPJBT will be surrendering the areas which are found in its eastern zone, namely, Ulu Tiram, Masai, Johor Jaya to other local councils. This will cost the local council a revenue loss of about RM40 million. But in return, areas in Nusajaya will come under its jurisdiction, and this includes Medini and Forest City.