I wrote this just before the election -
A gentle reminder for Khaled
And true enough now that DS Mohd Khaled Nordin has become the new Johor Menteri Besar, the purge in Kota Iskandar has begun.
Khaled's people, who have not yet even been officially appointed into office had already making their moves to remove all the staff of former Johor MB Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
I had expected this from the start, but their ruthlessness took even myself by surprise.
The senior staff of Datuk Ghani had actually vacated their office long ago once it was known that their boss will not continue as menteri bear.
But this apparently was not enough to satisfy Khaled's people.
They want everyone even remotely related in their work with Datuk Ghani to be removed.
Since they cannot get at those who were under the employment of the Johor Civil Service, they decided to terminate the services of everyone contractually employed under Datuk Ghani's administration.
Those affected include members of the team directly involved in the defense of Barisan Nasional in Johor during the GE13.
These are people who are loyal to Umno and BN.
I know some of them, and they are among those who sincerely worked hard for the party without expecting anything "extra" other than just their salary.
They are not the type who works for the Johor menteri besar office to "cari lubang" to enrich themselves.
Most, if not all of Datuk Ghani's people are like that.
At the time I'm writing this, most of those affected have yet to know their fate.
I'm writing this so that they could prepare themselves of what's coming their way.
After all, most of them have family to care for and are dependent on their salary to survive.
From what I was told they will only be given a month notice to vacate their office.
Khaled's people who are responsible for this purge is led by an individual who will soon be appointed as the menteri besar political secretary.
It needs to be made known here that the biggest sore point among Khaled's people towards Datuk Ghani was during his visit to their Pasir Gudang division a few months before GE13.
The election simulation prepared by Datuk Ghani's people which was presented during the visit showed that the Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat was in danger of falling to the opposition.
It was also concluded that the Johor Jaya state seat which is within Pasir Gudang was almost certain to fall.
According to the simulation which was done based on voters' perception in the area, only the Permas state seat which is also in the parliamentary constituency is certain to be retained.
Khaled had rubbished the finding as his people had assured him that BN will win big in Pasir Gudang.
His people who had came to that conclusion based on the feel good factors in the area were livid.
Khaled nonetheless decided to contest in Permas.
True to what had been concluded by the Datuk Ghani's team, BN only managed to defend Pasir Gudang by less than 1,000 votes majority, Johor Jaya was lost and only Permas was won in a convincing manner.
Now, it's all over and Khaled being appointed as menteri besar despite his division's less than stellar performance, his people are out for the blood of the remaining Datuk Ghani's staff.
Honestly, I think this will be the start of Johor Umno's down fall.
These people think just because they have the power, they can do anything they want without any repercussion.
Rest assured, they were wrong.
If this is how Khaled's people want to behave, then I dare say that he will be just a one term MB and Johor will fall five years from now.
Johor is no longer a BN stronghold because of the Chinese tsunami in GE13.
Five years from now, Johor will not even be an Umno stronghold if those in control of the party are "beraja di mata, bersultan dihati" even among their fellow Umno people.
Do mark my words on this.