Musa intends to be sworn in as rep ‘as soon as possible’

Musa Aman’s counsel had told court that he had consistently kept the authorities informed on his whereabouts and had been giving his full cooperation even when he was seeking medical treatment in the United Kingdom. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman intends to be sworn in as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman as quickly as possible and as soon as his medical condition permits.

Musa’s special officer Awang Faisyal Awang also said Musa wanted to reaffirm his faith in the judiciary, the police and the Immigration Department.

“These legal and quasi-legal bodies are organisations that are well respected and must always be allowed to carry out their duties independently and in good faith.

“They must not be subject to pressure from any person or government, local or foreign. The sanctity of their good office must always be protected,” Awang added.

In a statement tonight, he confirmed Musa was arrested by the police and released on bail after magistrate Norshahirah Abd Salim denied a remand application.

“During the two-hour proceedings, both sides had put forward persuasive arguments and tendered documents supporting their cases before the magistrate made her decision not to allow the remand application.

“Musa’s counsel argued that remand applications should not be given easily as it is a judicial process where the magistrate must consider various factors, including whether statutory and legal requirements have been met,” he said.

Awang added that Musa’s counsel also pointed out that Musa, at all material times, had consistently kept the authorities informed on his whereabouts and had been giving his full cooperation even when he was seeking medical treatment in the United Kingdom.

He said Musa’s trips overseas had always been through proper and regular channels. This was made clear to the magistrate and a copy of Musa’s travel document was made available to her.

“The evidence is clear. Musa is a citizen of Malaysia and at no material point in time has he left his country illegally, nor is there any need for him to do so.

“Any accusations that he left the country illegally, or that he is a fugitive, or that he absconded clearly show the lack of knowledge and education on the part of his accusers.”