PETALING JAYA - An Umno division chief has called for the resignation of Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin over a contradicting stance in supporting Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Sungai Besar head Datuk Jamal Yunos argued that while in public appearances, such as during the Pasir Gudang Umno conference, Khaled appeared to support the Prime Minister.
However, at the same time, Jamal argued that Khaled's right-hand men, and even the Johor Mentri Besar's son Akmal Saufi, had made "veiled" attacks against Najib.
"The actions of Khaled's right-hand men in attacking Najib have caused stirrings of resistance in Johor towards the Prime Minister," Jamal said.
He also said that Khaled's political secretary and Gelang Patah Umno chief Mohammad Khairi A. Malik's alleged approval of a motion for the Prime Minister to take a leave of absence was proof of the Mentri Besar's inability to control his right-hand men.
"I do not think the opposition towards the Prime Minister was caused by the sympathy of a handful of Johorians for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. This is because many in Johor know why Muhyiddin was moved to Putrajaya and ceased being mentri besar some time ago.
"The real reason for the antagonism is due to Khaled's attitude to the point that a number of Johor division chiefs appeared fearful to attend a recent meeting with the Prime Minister.
"If you want to oppose the Prime Minister, do so openly. Resign from your position and fight like a warrior. Don't throw stones and then hide your hands. Najib requires a united front to restore public confidence in Barisan Nasional," said Jamal.