High Court won't rule on who's legitimate Sabah Chief Minister on Thursday

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  • Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018

KOTA KINABALU: A ruling on who the legitimate Chief Minister of Sabah is will not be on the cards when the High Court sits on Thursday (Oct 25) to hear Tan Sri Musa Aman's petition that he is the rightful Chief Minister.

Kuching-based High Court Judge Yew Jen Kee is expected to hear oral submissions from the lawyers in the high-profile case where the former Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman is seeking a court declaration that he is the legitimate Chief Minister as appointed by Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin on May 10.

Musa has named Juhar and Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who was appointed Chief Minister on May 12, as the first and second defendants in his suit.

Musa's lawyer Tengku Fuad Tengku Ahmad said the High Court had informed them today (Oct 23) that there would be no ruling and the Thursday court sitting would hear oral submissions.

Shafie's lawyer Douglas Lind said the High Court was expected to hear the oral submissions in open court.

The court sitting was initially scheduled for Friday (Oct 26) but was brought  forward to Thursday. The lawyers expected a ruling as there was no indication by the court for any clarifications or oral submissions.

Musa, who was Sabah's longest-serving chief minister with 15 years in the position, managed to secure a 31-seat majority in the 60 seat state assembly after the May 9 elections left Sabah with a hung assembly.

Musa's Barisan won 29 seats, as did Shafie's Warisan and its partners PKR and DAP, while Parti Solidariti Tanah AirKu (Sabah STAR) won two seats.

Musa managed to get sworn in as chief minister on May 10 with the support of Sabah STAR, but then he lost his majority within 48 hours following a spate of defections that led to Shafie being sworn in on May 12.

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