Sabah opposition reps sworn in, minus Musa Aman

The 19 assemblymen with assembly speaker Syed Abbas Syed Ali (seated) after taking their oath.

KOTA KINABALU: Nineteen of the 21 Sabah assemblymen who boycotted the special state assembly sitting yesterday were sworn in today by speaker Syed Abbas Syed Ali.

The missing two are former chief minister and Sabah Umno chairman Musa Aman (Sibuga) and Nizam Abu Bakar Titingan (Apas) who is understood to have gone for the pilgrimage.

The 19 assemblymen took their oath in the speaker’s chambers at 10.30am.

Those sworn in comprised nine from Umno, six from Parti Bersatu Sabah, two from Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and one each from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Organisation (Upko).

“We have taken our oath so that means we have officially become members of the state legislative assembly. We can now officially serve in our respective constituencies,” said Sulaman assemblyman Hajiji Mohd Noor.

He declined to comment when asked on the whereabouts of Musa, who has not been seen in the state since Shafie Apdal was sworn in as chief minister on May 12.

Last month, Musa filed a legal challenge against Shafie’s appointment but the latter yesterday won a vote of confidence from a majority of the assembly members, thus rendering any court decision academic.

Karanaan assemblyman Masidi Manjun, who is also Sabah Umno assistant secretary, said Musa was “indisposed for the moment”.

“But he had indicated that in his absence, (STAR president) Jeffrey Kitingan will perform his duties on his behalf,” he said.

On whether they had accepted their position as the opposition, he declined to comment, saying the law should take its course.

“Both parties have said they will respect the decision of the court.

“We have to let the court decide. Proceedings have already been initiated,” he said.

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