Musa and team fail to meet Sabah governor

Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan speaks to reporters after Musa Aman and his convoy were prevented from entering the palace.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan has voiced his disappointment after he and a group of leaders led by former chief minister Musa Aman failed to have an audience with Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

It was earlier reported that Musa and his convoy were blocked from entering the state palace.

Kitingan said they wanted an audience with Juhar to seek an explanation on the dissolution of the state assembly.

“We have the majority to form the government and we find it strange that the palace did not allow us in even though yesterday, a representative of the prime minister, Hamzah Zainudin, had an audience with governor to state that we have a majority.”

He said all 33 assemblymen who backed Musa for the chief minister’s post had come to have an audience with Juhar in person.

“It’s not just statutory declarations but we were not allowed in,” Kitingan said.

Musa and his convoy had arrived at the palace grounds at 3.50pm but were stopped from entering by police. They left at 5.30pm.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal had earlier claimed that Juhar had consented to a dissolution of the state assembly, paving the way for a fresh election.

Describing the reported dissolution of the state assembly as improper, Musa said he and his supporters were prepared to face their rivals if an election was called.