Musa aware of urgency to be sworn in, says his counsel

Olivia Miwil

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is aware of the urgency to be sworn in as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, said his counsel Amer Hamzah Arshad.

“We are mindful of the deadline for the swearing in. But at this moment he (Musa) is still undergoing treatment at a hospital.

“It is still difficult to say when the hospital is going to discharge him, thus we do not know the next course of action yet,” he said when contacted.

Sabah assembly speaker Datuk Syed Abbas Syed Ali had said that there would be no extension of the Sept 11 deadline, a 90 days time frame from the first assembly sitting on June 11, for Musa to take his oath.

Failing to do so, Musa risks having his seat vacated.

Amer added police had taken Musa’s statement last Thursday and Friday regarding a criminal intimidation case filed by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

“Tan Sri Musa cooperated with the police throughout the process,” he said.

After the 14th general election, Musa left the country shortly after Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was sworn-in as Sabah Chief Minister before Juhar on May 12 and took over the initially Musa-led government.

Musa who was in London since mid-May for medical treatment, returned to the country on Aug 21 and was admitted to a private hospital in Subang Jaya.

He was also unable to turn up at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly last Friday to take his oath as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman as scheduled. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd