Several people asked me about this even before I reached KL today;
Johor MB to step down this week?
Honestly, I don't know and after checking with my sources in Johor, they also seemed to be in the dark except for one guy.
This one guy told me, Osman Sapian would likely be asked to step down because he appeared to be more loyal to the Johor palace than Putrajaya.
He also said Osman will have to resign if he wants to avoid being implicated in an alleged corruption case.
I was like, okay that's interesting. Still it's just one guy talking.
But the fact that NST ran the story at the link above today indicated that there must be some truth to the speculation.
That story which quoted unnamed sources appeared to highlight reasons why Osman should be removed from office.
Of course except for the Johor palace bit mentioned by my source.
It's as if NST wanted the public to know it's a good thing that Osman is being removed.
Then reading through Datuk Kadir Jasin's latest post
In Constitutional Monarchy Constitution is Supreme
I don't think my source got it too far off the mark anyway.
And I started to believe this is all because
Come to think of it, the Johor palace seemed to upset the handsome old man quite a bit of late.
It was said that Tunku Mahkota Johor had played an important role leading to the government's U-turn over the Rome statute.
Well, TMJ is probably Dr Mahathir's least favourite royal at the moment because of things such as this,
This is where Osman was said to get in real trouble with Putrajaya because he was said to be siding with the Johor palace on the matter.
I actually understand Osman's position. It's not easy to appear not siding with the palace while trying to run the state government, especially when the palace is actually in the right over an issue.
People outside Johor may find this puzzling and hard to understand but that's how it is.
Well, whatever it is, Osman is indeed in danger of being forced to resign from his post. Otherwise the NST and Datuk Kadir would not have wrote those things.
But then again, I know Osman's character quite a bit because I dealt with him before and I think he would not let himself be pushed around.
The guy is quite a street fighter, actually.
If he's pushed to a corner, Osman will fight.
I can think of several things that Osman can do if he is being forced to resign.
The most outlandish and dangerous is for him to dissolve the state assembly.
I know it's crazy, but the guy can actually do it, especially if the reason why he was forced to resign is because he was siding with the Johor palace.
I don't think the Johor palace will let Osman sink without a fight.
And the BN people will back him up too, I think.
It would be interesting if there is to be a state election in Johor as then the new tsunami, people have been talking about will really begin.