Musa sworn in as Sabah CM


  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 Mar 2003

BY MUGUNTAN VANAR AND RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Musa Aman was sworn in as Sabah’s 13th Chief Minister during a brief ceremony at Istana Negeri here yesterday. 

The 52-year-old Sabah Umno chief took his oath of office before Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at the residency’s ceremonial hall. 

Musa, however, was mum about his new Cabinet line-up, saying it would be known only during the swearing-in on April 1. 

ALL YOURS:Chong (right) offering his seat to Musa after handing over duties at his office in Wisma Innoprise, Kota Kinabalu, yesterday.

He told a press conference after the ceremony that he was yet to finalise his 10-member Cabinet but reiterated there would be “minimal” changes to the Cabinet of Datuk Chong Kah Kiat. 

Chong and his Cabinet colleagues were present at Musa’s swearing in. 

The 30-minute ceremony began at 10am and was witnessed by High Court judge Justice Datuk Ian Chin. 

 

After the ceremony, Musa and Chong headed for the Chief Minister’s office on the 17th floor of Wisma Innoprise in Likas for the symbolic handing over of duties. 

 

Musa took over as Chief Minister under the Sabah Barisan Nasional rotation system in which the post is rotated among Muslim bumiputra, Chinese and non-Muslim bumiputra communities after every two-year term. 

He will pay a courtesy call on acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. 

 

“It’s nothing to do with the state Cabinet. It’s a tradition for the new Chief Minister to pay a courtesy call,” he said. 

Musa declined to hint on whether Chong or Parti Bersatu Sabah representatives would be in the Cabinet. 

 

Asked if any current Cabinet members had requested not to be included, he replied: “I have not received any request.” 

 

Chong’s Cabinet comprising six ministers from Umno, two from SAPP, and one each from LDP, PBRS and Upko reflected the racial composition of six Muslims, three Chinese and two Kadazandusuns. 

 

Musa, who will lead Barisan into the next state election due by March 2004, said preparations for the polls would begin immediately and he would work with all nine Barisan parties. 

“We want to ensure a convincing victory for Barisan,” he said.  

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