Let the court decide, says Shafie on Musa's writ of summons


SEMPORNA: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said he will leave it to the court to decide on matters pertaining to writ of summons filed against him by Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Shafie, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president, said he was well informed of the regulation and claimed to possess documents and proof necessary to tackle the issue.

“I will bring the documents and proof dating way back in 1994 when Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan was sworned-in to form the government.

“At that time, among the local leaders were Datuk Yong Teck Lee and Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.

“However, (Pairin) was a gentleman upon he realised he had lost the majority and allowed Tun Sakaran Dandai to take over as the Chief Minister,” he said.

Shafie was speaking to reporters after attending a breaking fast ceremony with Semporna community at Masjid Ar-Rahman here today.

He noted that based on the Sabah's state constitution, a chief minister who does not have the majority and no longer has the support of assemblymen must therefore step down and dissolve the state assembly.

Musa had today filed a writ of summons to the High Court via e-filing, seeking a declaration that he is and remains the lawful Sabah Chief Minister.

The writ was filed through Messrs F.T. Ahmad and Co, which is acting for Musa.

Musa named Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin as the first respondent and Shafie as the second respondent.

Meanwhile, Shafie said the Warisan-led government aims to be a clean and lean administration, focusing on a more thought out public spending.

In chairing his first cabinet meeting today, he advised all his newly-appointed ministers to adhere to the rules and regulations and not to go overboard with government expenditure.

“There must be no wanton spending of public funds...The people must come first as what Warisan pledged in our campaigns and unnecessary spending must be curbed.

“We must be lean but we must also look at people-centric projects that will benefit all, in particular the rural poor.

"For far too long they have been neglected and their needs must be quickly looked into,” he said, adding that there were no policy matters discussed at the meeting.

On contracts issued by the previous government, Shafie said the relevant authorities would be looking into the matter and all lopsided deals would be dealt with accordingly.

“We are voted in based on a pledge for a clean government. Now that we have got the mandate from the people, we must ensure that pledge is honoured,” he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd