A friend called earlier today to ask my opinion about the situation in Johor before these were posted in the comment section of this blog,
My friend, who already knew about those developments had wanted to know whether the resignation of Baharom and Tosrin from Umno will affect the party in Johor.
My answer was - NOT MUCH
As far as I know, Baharom and Tosrin are not influential figures in the state. In fact, I don't think that they were even influential in their own divisions.
It should be noted that their divisions of Gelang Patah and Kulai are among the most problematic in Johor. Both are now DAP's territories.
Their dissatisfactions were most likely more due to infightings between factions in those divisions rather than bigger things such as the idea of saving the country by toppling PM DS Najib Razak.
I know Baharom in person, having first met him in 2002 when he was still an assemblyman of Nusajaya.
The guy, who is actually a Malaccan, is a colourful character even back then.
In an incident which was quite widely reported at that time, he dramatically tried to stop a bulldozer which was about to demolish houses during a protest against a land acquisition exercise. It was a brave but rather foolish act as the developer had done all the right things to acquire the land.
Baharom was dragged to court over the matter and Johor BN, not wanting to take a risk, decided to drop him from the candidate list of the 2004 general election.
He more or less faded into the Johor political background after that.
Baharom should be in his late 60s or early 70s now.
Well, maybe he is enjoying himself again today being once more in the limelight for dramatically announcing his resignation from Umno at the divisional meeting.
It should also be noted that Gelang Patah Umno is now headed by Khairi Malek, the political secretary of MB DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
I was told just the other day that Khairi is now the "king maker" among Umno people in Johor. Surely he knows how to handle the Baharom problem.
Back to my friend's query about the situation in Johor, I told him that what could really affect Umno there is actually the level of work being done by the party machinery.
If Johor Umno continues to serve the people well like during the leadership of former MB TS Abdul Ghani Othman, then it should have nothing to worry about resignations such as that of Baharom and Tosrin.
Bear in mind that 83 percent of Malay Johoreans voted for Umno and BN in the last general election.
If not for that, Johor would had been swept away by the 2013 Chinese tsunami.
Whether Johor Umno remains strong or otherwise is up for Khaled and his people to decide.
Work sincerely for the people or continue being busy enriching themselves and forgot to even do basic things for election such as the kajian sikap pengundi with less than two years to go.
The choice is simple.
Either way, I actually don't really care. I'm not an Umno member nor am I subscribing to the concept of Bangsa Johor, which seems to be so important under Khaled's leadership.
I'm making these observations and comments purely as a neutral.