‘Unwell’ Musa seeks permission to delay swearing-in

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman says he needs more time to recover. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman has sent a letter to the state assembly speaker seeking a special dispensation to delay being sworn in as an assemblyman due to medical reasons.

A statement released by Musa’s lead counsel Tengku Fuad Tengku Ahmad today said Musa informed the speaker that he is undergoing a series of medical treatments and tests for which he was hospitalised and doctors had advised him against travelling.

“Tan Sri Musa is currently awaiting the results of the numerous medical tests, diagnosis, as well as his future prognosis in respect of his immediate condition in order to determine first, his medical needs and second, when it may be safe for him to endure the long flight back to Sabah.

“Specifically, Musa’s doctors must determine the best way in which to plan his future regime of treatment in addition to making plans for his future care once he returns to Sabah,” he said.

Musa is believed to be seeking treatment in London. His son, Yamani Hafez, is believed to be with him.

Musa is the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman while Yamani is the Sipitang MP. Yamani has also not taken his oath as MP.

Tengku Fuad said Musa’s letter was sent to the state speaker on July 30.

However, he did not state the nature of Musa’s illness.

“The speaker has been made fully aware of Musa’s grave medical condition. Further, Musa has given his undertaking to update the speaker and moreover has offered to extend a full medical report to the speaker.”

Tengku Fuad said Musa also thanked all well-wishers and everyone who had prayed for him and for his speedy recovery.

“Musa also assures everyone that he will be returning soon and that he will be fit to take up his rightful and lawful position as chief minister of Sabah,” he said.

Musa had previously 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.

Musa has 90 days since the first Sabah sitting on June 11 to be sworn in, which means he has to do so by Sept 8 or 9.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department VK Liew had said that MPs may have their seats vacated if they fail to be sworn in within six months of the first Dewan Rakyat sitting.

 

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