Musa Aman denies intimidating Sabah Governor

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Musa Aman has denied allegations that he intimidated Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

His lawyer Zahir Shah said in a brief statement today that Musa regretted that Juhar had to be dragged into the legal suit he had filed to decide whether he or Shafie Apdal was the rightful chief minister.

“He added that at the end of the day the rule of law must prevail and the Sabah constitutional provisions must be respected and followed.”

Musa said this in response to a statement by Sabah police chief Ramli Din that police were seeking Musa’s help in investigations into alleged criminal intimidation against Juhar.

Ramli was quoted by the press as police had so far recorded nine statements from witnesses, and efforts were being made to get Musa’s statement. Juhar, he said, had given his statement after lodging a police report on May 14.

Ramli, who said they believed Musa was not currently in Kota Kinabalu, added that no arrest warrant had been issued against Musa as there was still a lot of paperwork to be done.

“We are confident of finding him soon. That is the only thing we need now, plus some paperwork. Once that is done, we can send it to the deputy public prosecutor’s office for further action,” he was quoted as saying.

Sabah is facing a crisis as there are two claimants to the CM’s post after Juhar swore in Musa as the chief minister on May 10 and Shafie two days later.

Musa was sworn in as the chief minister after getting a simple majority to form the state government, following support from two assemblymen from STAR, including its president Jeffrey Kitingan, to the Barisan Nasional (BN) camp.

But Shafie later announced that six BN assemblymen had agreed to join his coalition, increasing its seats to 35 from 29 previously.

Musa has since filed a writ of summons against Juhar and Shafie, seeking a declaration, among others, that he is and remains the lawful chief minister of Sabah, and that the “purported swearing in” of Shafie as a second chief minister on May 12 by Juhar was unconstitutional.