KUALA LUMPUR: Yamani Hafez Musa finally took his oath of office as Sipitang MP before Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today after a mysterious absence of nearly six months.
Yamani, who is the son of former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman, was not present on the first day of the 14th parliamentary seating last July, when 220 of the 222 MPs were sworn in.
Aside from Yamani, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is Pagoh MP, was also absent from the ceremony as he was on sick leave. He took his oath as MP on Aug 14.
The reason for Yamani’s absence was unknown although speculation arose that he was out of the country.
The Dewan Rakyat speaker previously said he had received no response to the letters sent to Yamani, reminding him to take his oath of office.
Yamani was warned that he risked losing his seat if he failed to take the oath within the stipulated time.
According to Article 59 of the Federal Constitution, candidates who win parliamentary seats in a general election must take their oath as MP within six months of the new Parliament sitting for the first time.
The speaker said Yamani had asked to be sworn in via video conferencing, but his request was rejected as there was no such provision. He also said Yamani must be sworn in by mid-January.
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.