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Musa denies the TYT's claims
Published on: Friday, May 25, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Tan Sri Musa Aman (pic) has denied all allegations of criminal intimidation against him as claimed by Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin or any other persons.

His legal counsel Zahir Shah in a statement, Thursday, also said Musa regrets that Juhar had to be dragged into the current legal suit over his appointment as Chief Minister.

He quoted Musa as saying that at the end of the day the Rule of Law must prevail and the Sabah Constitutional provisions must be respected and followed.

Meanwhile, police said they are trying to determine the whereabouts of Musa to record his statement in the alleged criminal intimidation case.

According to Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din, it was understood that Musa is not in Kota Kinabalu but are confident that they will be able to find him and get his statement.

He said there were no warrants issued for Musa as of now and they have already recorded the statements of nine other witnesses, including Juhar.

"We are in the process of completing the investigation papers for this case before we can refer this matter to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.

"Aside from Musa's statement, there is only a little bit work left to do and we will try to complete the investigation in the nearest future," he said this after a Hari Raya cookies giveaway at Menara Tun Mustapha, Thursday.

Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Ramli said the case is being investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, which carries a jail term of up to seven years or fine or both, upon conviction.

Musa had on May 17 filed a suit at the High Court against Juhar and Shafie, seeking a declaration that he (Musa) is the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah.

The suit came after Musa, who is also Sabah Barisan Nasional Chairman, was sworn in as Chief Minister before Tun Juhar on May 10 after the general election the day earlier.

He was sworn in after obtaining a simple majority when two opposition assemblymen declared support for Sabah BN, which had obtained 29 seats in the 60-seat State Assembly.

However, two days later, Shafie was sworn in as the new Chief Minister when several BN assemblyman leapt over to Warisan, which had also won 29 seats in the election.

With Musa refusing to resign, the Head of State's private secretary Abinan Asli on May 14 delivered a notice to Musa that he was no longer the Chief Minister.

Tun Juhar lodged a police report against Musa on May 19 for alleged threat by the latter.

Since leaving the chief minister's official residence Seri Gaya on the evening of May 12, Musa flew to Kuala Lumpur where he attended the Umno supreme council meeting chaired by acting president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He has not been seen publicly in Kota Kinabalu or at his political base in Sandakan since.

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