Sabah deputy CM’s political secretary sacked, but reasons unclear

This file picture shows Sabah PKR Youth chief Raymond Ahuar (centre). He has confirmed he has been sacked as the political secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew.

KOTA KINABALU: A political secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew has been relieved of his duties but the reasons are unclear.

Raymond Ahuar, who is the Sabah PKR Youth chief, confirmed today that he had been sacked as the political secretary to Liew, who is also state tourism, culture and environment minister.

A WhatsApp message claiming Ahuar had been fired has been making the rounds since last night.

Ahuar said he received the text yesterday while on his way back here after visiting several areas in interior Pensiangan, where he is the PKR division chief.

“This morning, I was contacted to meet Liew at her office at 1pm. She informed me that the sacking was true,” he said when contacted.

Asked for the reason for the sacking, he forwarded a letter of his working visit to Pensiangan, in his capacity as the political secretary to the deputy chief minister, and said: “This was the reason I was sacked by the Sabah Cabinet.”

“I am also still wondering why,” he said, declining to comment further.

The letter, which was signed by Pensiangan secretary Arifin Antikoh, had a PKR letterhead instead of that of the state government.

It was meant to inform several government departments and villagers of Ahuar’s visit to the area yesterday.

FMT has reached out to Liew for comments.

In his statement to the media today, Ahuar said the issue of his sacking was brought to a state Cabinet meeting and that it was proposed by “the chief minister (Shafie Apdal) himself”.

He added the proposal received the support of a majority of the Cabinet members and that Liew informed him the state secretary would issue a notice of his removal soon.

“I accept this sacking with an open heart as I have accepted the responsibility openly previously.

“I wish to thank the Sabah government for entrusting me to do the job for the last one year and six months, shouldering the responsibilities of a political secretary to the deputy chief minister.

“I will continue to give my full support to the state government and the government,” said Ahuar, who is also the Sabah Pakatan Harapan Youth chief.

He added he would continue to guide the youth in fighting against corruption, leakages and abuse of power so that their voices would be heard at the state and federal levels.

“I will also support the government in implementing PH’s manifesto as well as support Anwar Ibrahim (PKR president) as the eighth prime minister,” he said.

Ahuar previously had run-ins with the state hierarchy, including with Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony, the Warisan vice-president, reportedly over “control” of the Murut people in the state last October.

Ahuar also led PH youth leaders, with the exception of DAP, in wanting to contest the Kimanis by-election, although Warisan had already indicated it would contest.

However, it is unclear whether any of these had anything to do with his sacking.