KOTA KINABALU: The government has not received any letter from Sipitang MP Yamani Hafez Musa on why he was not able to turn up on Monday for the swearing-in ceremony.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department VK Liew issued a warning that MPs may have their seats vacated if they fail to be sworn in within six months of the first Dewan Rakyat sitting.
“This is provided for under Article 59 of the Federal Constitution,” said the de facto law minister.
Liew said in the case of Home Minister Muhyiddin Yasin, who is also Pagoh MP, the government has received a notice stating he is currently on medical leave for one month.
The Dewan Rakyat will make another arrangement for him to be sworn in later, he said.
Liew, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah permanent chairman, said as of now, they didn’t know if Yamani, the son of former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman, is also undergoing any medical treatment overseas.
“It is no coincidence that his father, the Sungai Sibuga state rep, Tan Sri Musa Aman, has failed to turn up at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly during its recent swearing-in ceremony in Kota Kinabalu.
“Musa had issued a press statement last month to say he was undergoing medical treatment in England although there was no indication on what sort of treatment and which medical institution is giving him treatment and for how long.”
Yamani won the Sipitang parliamentary seat after garnering 12,083 votes, beating his closest rival, Noor Hayaty Mustapha, from Warisan, by an 852-vote majority in a three-cornered contest.
Musa had last month issued a statement through his lawyers, denying that he was on the run and that 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.
When contacted yesterday, Sabah Umno leaders said they were unaware of Yamani’s whereabouts.