KOTA KINABALU, May 24 — Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has directed for an early end to the suspension of three mountain guides for hoisting a Parti Warisan Sabah flag atop Mount Kinabalu last March.
The suspension, which took place immediately after the photo went viral on March 19, was due at the end of the month, but Shafie said that he asked for it to be lifted immediately.
“I’ve informed the minister in charge that the necessary action has been taken to lift the suspension immediately. It’s been lifted,” he said.
Mountain guides Jomuis Binte, 54, John Nusip Siur, 50, and Ramin Bigul, 49, took the photo and posted it on Facebook, causing a stir on social media.
They had been summoned by the Sabah Parks management the following day and told they were suspended.
The move was criticised online, with some questioning the rationale while others decried it as a violation of their rights.
A letter sighted later by Malay Mail showed that the suspension was ended as of yesterday and the mountain guides could return to work today.