JOHOR BARU: Johor is proof that Barisan Nasional has not been “buried” as certain political analysts claim, says Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

The Barisan secretary-general said that when the coalition was toppled in the 14th General Election in 2018, many analysts claimed that it had seen the end of its days.

He said that Johor, where BN won 40 seats out of the 56 contested in the 2022 state election, was an excellent example for other states.

“They should follow in Johor’s footsteps, especially in giving opportunities to younger leaders.

“Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi’s attitude towards his predecessor Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad, where he openly credited the latter for helping clinch victory in the state election, is a prime example of the courtesy and values we want in young leaders.

“This tradition is increasingly rare these days. If this can be continued, Barisan will become stronger,” he said when addressing the Johor Barisan convention at Persada Johor International Convention Centre here on Saturday (June 8).

He added that one should not be disappointed in politics and give up their struggle easily.

“Look at India. Analysts touted their Congress party as having no chance in the recent election, yet they have done the unexpected.

“The ups and downs that Barisan went through have shown us who is loyal and who are fairweather friends.

“Johor will always be a reference for Barisan and Umno, and our rise will begin in this state,” added Zambry.