High Court to hear 'rightful' Sabah chief minister case on July 9

KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here on Monday (July 9) will begin deliberating who the rightful Sabah chief minister is, after Tan Sri Musa Aman and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal were sworn in a space of 36 hours following the 14th General Election.

Musa, the former Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman, has filed a suit claiming that he is the rightful state chief minister and that the subsequent appointment of Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie by the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin is against the state constitution.

Musa, who was initially sworn in on May 10 after he gained a simple 31-seat majority in the 60-member house, said that the swearing in of Shafie on May 12 was against the exercise of powers by the head of state and Articles 6(3) and 10(2) of the Sabah constitution.

Musa, who remains at large since leaving Malaysia on May 17, wants the courts to make a declaration that he is the rightful chief minister, among others, and also annul all actions taken by Shafie following his appointment.

Musa was sworn in as chief minister on May 10 with a simple majority of 31 seats in the state assembly but lost his majority through defections.

This allowed Mohd Shafie's Parti Warisan Sabah and its partners to secure 35 seats.

Musa's appointment was then revoked and Shafie was sworn in on May 12.

Malaysian police has requested for an Interpol Red Notice for Musa following a criminal intimidation report against him by Juhar.

Musa has confirmed that he is currently in Britain for medical and other reasons.