KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department VK Liew has blasted Sipitang MP Yamani Hafez Musa for disrespecting Parliament by not turning up to be sworn in as MP without a valid explanation.
Speaking to FMT, Liew said a photo of former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman lying on a “sick bed”, spread on social media also showed Yamani together with his father.
“Yamani was seen standing by his father, looking healthy. At this moment, he has shown a complete disregard for his responsibility as an MP and disrespected the august house by not turning up for the swearing-in ceremony in Parliament last month,” he said.
Liew said the people were questioning whether Yamani was also as sick as his father and they had a right to know as Yamani and Musa were both elected representatives.
Commenting on the condition of Musa, who has been arrested but is in a private hospital in the Klang Valley after returning from London on Tuesday, Liew said the law must apply equally to all citizens of this country, including Musa.
“A police report was lodged by the head of state, Juhar Mahiruddin, on May 20 and no exception should be made for him (Musa).
“The complaints of criminal intimidation against Musa are very serious in nature and the authorities must carry out an investigation without fear or favour,” he said.
Liew said Musa should corroborate his claims with a medical report instead of having his photograph posted on Facebook by his political secretary.
“As elected representatives, we stand guided by laws with regard to Parliament and MPs,” he said, adding they must also be guided by their moral compass.
Musa left the country on May 14, a couple of days after he was replaced by Shafie Apdal as the Sabah chief minister on May 12.
He was sworn in as chief minister on May 10 after obtaining a simple majority but his stint was shortlived when several BN assemblymen defected to Parti Warisan Sabah.
He has yet to take his oath of office as the Sungai Sibuga assemblyman. It has been reported that he must do so by Sept 11 or be forced to vacate his seat.
Sabah police chief Ramli Din confirmed Musa was arrested in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
However, he said police failed to get an order to remand Musa.
Warisan unhappy with police, immigration chiefs
Meanwhile, Warisan secretary-general Loretto Padua Jr has taken Ramli to task over the apparent special treatment given to Musa.
“Normally, any suspect or fugitive wanted by the government would be immediately detained once that person’s whereabouts have been identified.
“And if, during the remand period, the police believe there is a need for the suspect to seek medical attention, they will allow it but the suspect’s ward must be guarded all the time by police.
“This is what Warisan president Shafie Apdal had to endure last year when he was made to face a politically-charged accusation that was solely intended to tarnish his reputation. There was no special treatment or so-called ‘humanitarian grounds’ applied to him,” he said in a statement today.
Padua recalled that Shafie, who is now the Sabah chief minister, was detained, remanded and sent to hospital during the course of the investigation and the situation was widely reported by Warisan leaders in the social media and local dailies.
“But how about Musa? The whole thing is shrouded in mystery and no one seems to know whether Musa is really sick or not.
“As much as we dislike (Sungai Besar Umno leader) Jamal Yunos, who was also a fugitive like Musa, he went through the same procedure of being detained, remanded and hospitalised.
“So, what makes Musa special in the eyes of the police chief to the extent that he was accorded treatment based on humanitarian grounds?”
Padua also censured the police chief for warning media practitioners that their reports on Musa’s hospitalisation was worsening his condition.
“How could such questions make his health worse? If that is the case, then is the police chief implying that there will be a ‘humanitarian’ investigation, questioning or trial against Musa because normal procedures will worsen his health?”
Padua also slammed the Immigration Department for not detaining Musa immediately upon his entry to Malaysia a few days ago.
He said Musa is a fugitive wanted by the government of Malaysia and even the Interpol had been notified about him.
“How did Musa manage to slip back into the country without being detained and, worse, a representative was even sent to inform the Immigration Department of his entry?
“Imagine that a person on a wanted list is allowed to enter Malaysia without any detention.
“If that is the case, then it will be very easy for Jho Low (fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho) or wanted terrorists to come back and enter Malaysia with no problem at all because all they have to do is to send their representatives to meet and speak with the Immigration Department.
“If the Immigration Department is doing its job properly, it should come out with an explanation on this matter because I believe that certain standard operating procedures may not have been followed,” he said.