KOTA KINABALU: Questions have been raised on the whereabouts of Yamani Hafez Musa, the son of former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman, after he failed to turn up at the Dewan Rakyat to take his oath as the Sipitang MP yesterday.
Sabah Umno leaders said they did not know where Yamani is.
Yamani’s father, Musa, who is Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, also failed to turn up for the swearing-in ceremony at the Sabah assembly.
Newly-appointed Sabah Umno deputy head Bung Moktar Radin confirmed he did not see Yamani in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
“We’ve lost contact with him. He is unreachable by phone,” the Kinabatangan MP told FMT.
Asked if Yamani was with his father in the United Kingdom, Moktar said: “There is a big possibility.”
Sabah Umno secretary Masidi Manjun also said he had lost contact with Yamani
“I have no idea at all (on his whereabouts)… I have not met him for some time,” he said in a WhatsApp message to FMT.
Calls to new Sabah Umno chief Hajiji Md Noor and Umno Supreme Council member Salleh Said Kerauk went unanswered.
Yamani won the Sipitang parliamentary seat after garnering 12,083 votes, beating his closest rival, Noor Hayaty Mustapha, from Parti Warisan Sabah, by an 852-vote majority in a three-cornered contest.
Musa had denied that he was on the run, saying he had left the country legally for UK to seek medical treatment and for “personal reasons”.
Police had asked Musa to return home so that they could record his statement over a case of alleged criminal intimidation of the Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin.
Musa’s and Yamani’s victories in the recent general election are being challenged by Parti Warisan Sabah in court, with the petitions filed on June 18.
The two seats are among eight electoral results challenged by Warisan. The rest are the parliamentary seats of Libaran, Keningau and Kimanis, and the state seats of Sook, Kiulu and Kundasang.
Warisan has alleged money politics, irregularities in postal votes and the delay in signing Form 14 as grounds to challenge the results.