KOTA KINABALU: Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan is confident that former chief minister Musa Aman will soon return to Sabah from London to take his oath as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman.
Speaking to reporters at his office in the state assembly building here today, Jeffrey, who is also Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president, said it was still too early to speculate on the possibility of Musa losing the seat.
This could happen if he fails to be sworn in as assemblyman within 120 days of the dissolution of the last assembly.
The state assembly was dissolved on April 7. Musa must take his oath by Aug 5 this year.
“He (Musa) might come before that date. I believe he will come before that date. Then we’ll see from there.
“At the moment, in Musa’s absence, the other representatives have chosen me to be the opposition leader,” he added.
Musa, who left Sabah on May 16, is reportedly in London to seek medical treatment.
As for the political position of Nabawan assemblyman Bobbey Ah Fang Suan, of United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), and Sook assemblyman Ellron Alfred Angin, of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Jeffrey said both were firmly with Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), a coalition of opposition parties, and would not follow their respective parties.
Upko left Barisan Nasional (BN) on May 11, bringing five of its six assemblymen to work together with Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan (PH). This caused the collapse of the one-day-old Sabah BN-STAR coalition government.
PBRS, which also left the BN coalition, has applied to join PH. However, its sole assemblyman, Angin, has remained with GBS.
Jeffrey said Bobbey was likely to join either Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) or STAR, adding that both parties had extended invitations to them.
Angin, meanwhile, was likely to join PBS but this has not been finalised, he added.
As for the rest of the Sabah Umno members, Jeffrey said they were still flexible with their decision to stay put in Umno for now.
“In the end, they must honour their pledge that Umno should not be here.
“If they are uncomfortable joining either PBS or STAR, then they can always join other political parties. There are so many around.”
He said the main point was to ensure that only local parties represent the people, without any interference from the peninsula, through their party branches here.