Mazlan denies threatening officer and asking for factories to resume operations

23 Aug 2019 / 21:56 H.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairman Mazlan Bujang has denied threatening a state administrative officer and demanding that factories sealed in Pasir Gudang due to the recent air pollution incidents be allowed to resume operations.

Mazlan, who is also Puteri Wangsa assemblyman, said the claim was slanderous and aimed at ruining his image.

“I am aware of the claims but that was not what happened. As an assemblyman, I did meet several business owners from Pasir Gudang who came to see me, but they had no connection to the illegal factories there.

“They were local business owners like car wash and food stall operators directed to close down by the authorities,” he said when contacted today.

Mazlan said it was his responsibility as a state assemblyman to help the local business community by asking the authorities why they were directed to close down.

“Nothing was personal or threatening, let alone as claimed that I said my authority as Bersatu’s state chairman was bigger than that of a federal minister so I could overturn the minister’s directive,” he said.

Mazlan said he would lodge a police report on the matter tomorrow.

There was a Facebook post featuring a purported police report alleging that Mazlan had threatened a government officer, demanding that sealed factories in Pasir Gudang be allowed to operate again. — Bernama

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