KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Musa Aman has every intention to be sworn in as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman as required by the Sabah state Constitution.
Musa who failed to turn up at the state legislative assembly today to take his oath would do so as soon as his medical condition permits, according to his special assistant Awang Faisal.
"Tan Sri would also like to reaffirm his faith in the Judiciary, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Immigration Department.
"These legal and quasi-legal bodies are an institution and organisations that are well respected. They must be allowed to carry out their duties independently and in good faith," Awang Faisal said in a statement tonight.
The statement added that these organisations must not be subject to pressure from any person or government, be it local or foreign, and that the sanctity of their good office must always be protected.
Awang Faisal also reiterated that Musa did not leave Malaysia illegally, stressing there was no need for the former Sabah chief minister to do so.
"Tan Sri Musa is back," Awang Faisal said.
He remarked that any accusations that Musa had left the country via illegal means, or was a fugitive or that he absconded showed lack of knowledge and education on the part of his accusers.
Earlier today, deputy Sabah speaker Datuk Ahmad Abdul Rahman said Musa was unable to take his oath today due to unknown circumstances.
Musa has until Sept 11 to take his oath.
Meanwhile, on the police's remand application against Musa, Awang Faisal said the former CM's counsel argued that his client had consistently kept the authorities informed on his whereabouts and gave full cooperation even when he was seeking treatment in the United Kingdom (UK).
"His travels which have always been through proper and regular channels were made clear to the Magistrate and a copy of Tan Sri's travel document was made available to her," Awang Faisal said.
Musa had previously failed to take his oath as Sungai Sibuga assembly man as he was in the UK seeking medical treatment since May.
He, however, returned to Malaysia two days ago against doctor’s advise.
Upon returning, he was warded at a private hospital in Subang Jaya until today, where police have also recorded a statement from him.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun today confirmed that police arrested Musa yesterday to facilitate investigation on an allegation of criminal intimidation filed by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin on May 14.
The investigation papers relating to the criminal intimidation case, he said, were expected to be submitted to the deputy public prosecutor on Monday.
Fuzi had also assured a transparent and fair investigation on Musa will be carried out in accordance with the law.
Musa was released on police bail as there the remand application was denied. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd