Dissolution of Sabah assembly governor’s prerogative, says ex-law minister

Former de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong says fresh elections will return the mandate to the people of Sabah.

PETALING JAYA: Former de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong today said the decision to dissolve Sabah’s state legislative assembly yesterday is a constitutional right vested in the Sabah governor.

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman yesterday claimed that he had submitted sufficient statutory declarations from assemblymen expressing support for him to be appointed chief minister, but the governor consented to the dissolution of the state assembly.

“The prerogative as to whether to allow the dissolution is vested in the governor and to be exercised by him,” Liew said in a statement.

“The dissolution was, hence, done in accordance with the law under the Sabah state constitution.”

He said Chief Minister Shafie Apdal’s request for the state assembly to be dissolved was an “admirable and courageous move”, adding that fresh elections would return the mandate to the people of Sabah.

Yesterday, Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin consented to the dissolution of the state assembly, paving the way for fresh elections.

Musa previously described the dissolution of the state assembly as improper but later said he and his supporters were prepared to face the snap election.