NGO urges MACC to look into alleged extension of Sabah Governor's tenure


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Sabah Gerakan Kuasa Rakyat Malaysia@G57 chairman Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar speaking to media after lodging a report over Sabah Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin's term extension at MACC headquaters in Putrajaya on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018

PUTRAJAYA: A non-government organisation (NGO) has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to probe an alleged plan to extend the tenure of Sabah governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

Gerakan Kuasa Rakyat (G57) chairman Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar said his organisation had sighted a circular calling for a special sitting of the Sabah state assembly on Dec 13.

"Based on our information, the special sitting is to call for the extension of Tan Sri Juhar's tenure as governor.

"He has already completed two terms and should not be extended. We hope that this is not true, but if it is, the MACC must investigate," said Zulkarnain to reporters at the MACC headquarters after lodging a report with the anti-graft body on Tuesday (Dec 11).

He also alleged that there was a connection between the extension and the events leading up to the Sabah chief ministership crisis after GE14.

He claimed that the swearing-in of Tan Sri Musa Aman as chief minister was delayed even though 31 assemblymen had signed an agreement to support him.

Following GE14, Sabah was left with a hung state assembly with the then-Sabah Barisan, led by Musa, won 29 seats while Warisan, DAP and PKR also won 29 seats in the 60-member house.

Musa was sworn in a day later on May 10 with the support of Parti Solidariti Tanah AirKu (Sabah STAR), led by Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan, which won two seats.

However, defections by six assemblymen from Sabah Umno and its ally Upko led to the loss of Musa's majority, which saw Juhar swearing in Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on May 12.

 

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