Sabah CM court date: Keep peace or face action, cops warn supporters

Sabah police chief Omar Mammah (second from left) speaking to the media at the Karamunsing city police headquarters in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police chief Omar Mammah has warned supporters who plan to wait for the outcome of the court dispute over who is the rightful Sabah chief minister this Thursday to toe the line or face the music.

Omar acknowledged that emotions were high in the wrangle over who was the lawful Sabah chief minister but, nonetheless, supporters should respect the law.

He said police have learned that throngs of supporters from the ruling government and opposition would be converging at the court complex here in anticipation that the verdict would favour their preferred leader.

Police have also received information that supporters will be gathering and marching to the state administrative building (PPNS) in Likas here, he added.

“I advise supporters not to march to the PPNS because this is a violation of the law and an illegal assembly,” he said, adding police had not received any application for a permit to assemble there.

“From our information, there will be many coming to the court. I advise those coming to hear the proceedings to respect the law and keep the peace.

“Don’t do anything that will threaten the peace or security of other people, such as throwing things, provoking others, fighting or bringing weapons. Avoid untoward incidents or else we will be forced to arrest you.”

Omar said police would screen those intending to enter the court premises.

It was earlier reported that the court would decide this Thursday on former chief minister Musa Aman’s challenge against Warisan president Shafie Apdal’s appointment as chief minister by Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

The date was brought forward a day earlier from the initial date of Oct 26 (Friday).

However, Elsie Primus, deputy registrar in charge of the administration of the High Court, clarified today that no decision was expected this Thursday and that lawyers for both parties would be making oral submissions instead on that day.

Meanwhile, Omar said police had handed over the investigation papers into Musa’s alleged criminal intimidation of the Sabah governor to the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Putrajaya.

“We are waiting to see whether there are any further instructions from the AG’s Chambers,” he said.