Musa fails to turn up for oath taking, no reason known

Suzianah Jiffar and Avila Geraldine

KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman failed to turn up at the state legislative assembly today to take his oath as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman as scheduled.

Deputy Speaker Datuk Ahmad Abdul Rahman said the lawmaker was unable to take his oath due to unknown circumstances.

“We have been informed of his absence. Musa is supposed to take his oath today. The State Legislative Assembly has been informed via a letter by Musa’s side that he will be doing so today with the ceremony fixed at 2.30pm.

“However, we received a call and were told that Musa is unable to come today for unknown reasons. They will be sending a show cause letter through email to explain Musa’s absence,” he said when met by reporters at the state legislative assembly building here.

To a question when Musa would be taking his oath, Ahmad said they had yet to set the date and time, but stressed Musa has until Sept 11 to do so.

“Give him a chance. Don’t be in a hurry because he still has the time. We will not be biased, and Musa has the right to take his oath,” he added.

Musa had previously failed to take his oath as Sungai Sibuga assembly man as he was in the United Kingdom 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 was no remand order obtained from Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd