Musa denies intimidating TYT; yet to give statement

 

By MARRYAN RAZAN

KOTA KINABALU: Former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman has denied allegations that criminally intimidated Sabah Head of State Tun Haji Juhar Mahiruddin.

His statement, issued through his lawyer Zahir Sabah, came as Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din told reporters here that the police were looking for him to record his statement.

Musa said he regretted that the Head of State had to be dragged into the legal suit.

“At the end of the day, the rule of law must prevail and the Sabah constitutional provisions must be respected and followed,” his short statement read.

At the close of the recently concluded general election, the Musa-led Sabah Barisan Nasional won 29 seats, the same number won by a Warisan-led opposition fronted by Datuk Shafie Apdal. Musa was sworn in as Chief Minister when two Assemblymen from Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) declared their allegiance to BN, giving it a majority.

However, several BN assemblymen later switched their alliance to Warisan, resulting in Shafie being sworn in as Chief Minister.

Musa has filed a writ to seek court interference over his position. Meanwhile, Tun Juhar had filed a police report claiming he had been intimidated into swearing in Musa.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Ramli said Musa’s statement is important for a complete investigation paper on the case. “We have so far recorded statements from nine witnesses, and we are trying to record one with Tan Sri Musa.

“We understand that Tan Sri Musa is not in Kota Kinabalu at the moment and we have been trying to get to him to record his statement as soon as possible,” he said when met at a function for the handing over of Hari Raya cakes and sweets for security forces at theTun Ahmad Raffae Auditorium here yesterday.

The activity was graced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. Also in attendance were deputy chief ministers Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau and Christina Liew.

Ramli added that the Head of State’s statement was taken when he lodged the police report. He said the investigation paper on the case will be forwarded to the Deputy Public Prosecutor once Musa’s statement is recorded.

The Head of State’s police report is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code.

Ramli meanwhile thanked the State government for the kind thoughts on the security personnel during Ramadhan and the upcoming Hari Raya.

 
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New Sabah Times