Sabah group calls for MACC probe into dissolution of assembly

Zulkarnain Mahdar (left) of the Sabah group G57 before filing a complaint about the Sabah head of state.

PUTRAJAYA: A Sabah-based political group has lodged a complaint with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission today accusing the Sabah head of state of abusing his power in dissolving the state assembly.

Zulkarnain Mahdar, pro tem chairman of Gerakan Kuasa Rakyat Malaysia (G57) said the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Juhar Mahiruddin, should not have consented to the request by Chief Minister Shafie Apdal to dissolve the state assembly.

He said Juhar should have met with all the assemblymen before dissolving the state assembly as Shafie no longer commanded a majority.

He said Juhar should have shown neutrality in making decisions. “If he (Juhar) really wants to join politics, he should stop hiding in the palace,” he said.

This is the second time complaints have been made against the Sabah governor. In December 2018, G57 had made a complaint after the Sabah constitution was amended to allow Juhar to occupy the seat for a longer period of time.

Zulkarnain said the longer tenure as a state governor could be interpreted as a reward for Juhar for his role to ensure Shafie was made the chief minister.

“This is why we are lodging this complaint with the MACC so the agency can open an investigation paper on the matter,” he added.