Musa, assemblymen sue TYT, Shafie over dissolution of Sabah assembly


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 06 Aug 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Thirty-three assemblymen led by Tan Sri Musa Aman, who failed to topple the Warisan Plus state government, are going to court over the July 30 dissolution of the state assembly by Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

The assemblymen have filed the application at the Kota Kinabalu High Court for a judicial review of the decision of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri to dissolve the Sabah assembly.

The application was filed by legal firm FT Ahmad and Co on Monday (Aug 3) and is expected to be heard Friday (Aug 7) by the Sarawak High Court judge Judicial Commissioner Leornard Chin.

In court documents filed, they are seeking to obtain an injunction on the dissolution of the assembly and to question the July 29 written request from (now caretaker) Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to Juhar seeking to dissolve the assembly.

The lawyers for the assemblymen are expected to argue that the Governor did not dissolve the assembly in accordance with the requirements of the Sabah Constitution under Article 21(2) and also the spirit of Article 7(1) on a Chief Minister losing the majority support.

The 33 assemblymen named Juhar as the first respondent, Shafie, the Election Commission and the state government as second, third and fourth respondents respectively in their suit that is expected to challenge the constitutional powers of the Head of State.

The 33 applicants are Sungai Sibuga assemblyman Musa, Datuk Bolkiah Ismail (Pitas), Julita Mojungki (Matunggong), Datuk Anita Baranting (Tandek), Datuk Musbah Jamli (Tempasuk), Datuk Japlin Akim (Usukan), Datuk Jahid Jahim (Tamparuli), Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor (Sulaman), Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (Kiulu), Kenny Chua (Inanam), Datuk Ghulam Haider Khan (Kawang), Datuk Mohd Ariffin Ariff (Membakut), Datuk Isnin Aliasnin (Klias), Datuk Limus Jury (Klias), Datuk Matbali Musah (Sindumin), Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam (Kundasang), Datuk Masidi Manjun (Karanaan), Datuk Abidin Madingkir (Paginanatan), Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Tambunan), Robert Tawik (Bingkor), Jamawi Jaafar (Kemabong), Datuk Ellron Angin (Sook), Bobbey Ahfang Suan (Nabawan), Datuk James Ratib (Sugud), Abdul Rahman Kongkawang (Labuk), Datuk Masiung Banah (Kuamut), Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman (Sukau), Datuk Niuzam Abu Bakar Titingan (Apas), Datuk Hamisa Samat (Tg Batu), Datuk Abdul Muis Picho (Sebatik), Datuk Osman Jamal (Balung) and nominated assemblymen Jaffari Waliam and Ronnie Loh.

It is understood that Sabah attorney general Brenddon Keith Soh will be representing the Governor and the state government.

Last week, Musa claimed that he had a simple majority in the 65-member Sabah assembly following the defection of 13 assemblymen from the Warisan Plus government.

The Governor had allowed for the dissolution of the assembly on July 30 to pave the way for fresh elections following the political development.

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