Shafie: Let courts decide on Musa’s writ

Shafie Apdal says he will abide by the laws and regulations on who will be Sabah chief minister. (Facebook pic)

SEMPORNA: Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the writ of summons filed against him and head of state Juhar Mahiruddin by Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Musa Aman.

He said the issue was not a problem and that he would abide by the laws and regulations.

He added that Musa should emulate former Sabah chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who had stepped down after losing the support of the majority of state assemblymen, giving way to Sakaran Dandai as chief minister in 1994.

“I remember when he (Pairin) was sworn in and formed the government (but) later he lost the support of a number of assemblymen and the majority was not enough.

“He was a law-abiding gentleman and one who understands the law. Without any objections, he took the advice of the then-Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Said Keruak and resigned to enable Tun Sakaran to take over as chief minister,” Shafie told reporters at the Pekan Semporna mosque here yesterday.

He had been asked to comment on the writ of summons seeking a declaration that his swearing-in as chief minister by Juhar was unconstitutional and unlawful.

Shafie said other examples apart from Pairin’s case included that of former Perak menteri besar Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin, who also failed to get the majority support of assemblymen.

“Based on Article 7 of the Sabah state constitution, it is quite clear that when the chief minister does not have sufficient number of votes (expressing the confidence of the majority of assemblymen), then, on the consideration and views of the Yang Dipertua Negeri, the chief minister should step down besides dismissing the state legislative assembly on his consent,” he said.

Meanwhile, he urged the people to be patient and allow space for his government to fulfil its promises.

“But insha Allah, as a leader I will rarely promise if I am unable to deliver,” he added.

He said the state government was planning to bring investors into Sabah, especially for the industrial sector, to bolster the economy in the east coast.

“This will generate employment opportunities for our children in the nearby districts,” he said.