KOTA KINABALU: The Court of Appeal's decision to dismiss the bid by Tan Sri Musa Aman and 33 Sabah assemblymen to quash the dissolution of the state assembly has been welcomed by politicians in the state.
They said on Tuesday (Sept 8) democracy had prevailed with the ruling as the upcoming state polls could now proceed on Sept 26.
Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said he was happy with the decision.
“Even though we have friends amongst the 33 assemblymen, the reality is that the decision of the court will be better for Sabah, ” he said.
“I hope nobody will jump (ship) like the last election. I believe the chosen Barisan candidates have integrity and will stay put with their own party, ” he said.
Bung also said that both sides of the political divide must respect the results on the Sept 26 polls and not resort to forming the government through crossovers.
“Whoever the candidate is, there should be no more ‘jumping ship’ like last time. This election will show to the people that the winner will be respected, whoever wins, ” he said.
Warisan's permanent chairman Datuk Liew Vui Keong said he welcomed the court’s decision, adding that the governor’s decision should not be challenged in any court.
“Musa, nevertheless, continued to challenge this power of our governor in pure fear of facing Sabahans in the polls later this month. But justice has prevailed, ” he said.
Liew urged Musa to respect the judiciary’s decision and prepare for the Sabah State polls on Sept 26.
“Let us allow Sabahans themselves to freely and democratically elect a state government of their choice, to exercise their consent to be governed, ” he added.
Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) deputy chairman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the court's decision was not surprising given the complex legal technicalities and points of law involved.
“Everyone should have been more ready for election than the outcome of the court case, ” he added.
Earlier on Tuesday (Sept 8), the Court of Appeal rejected the appeal by the 33 assemblymen against a High Court ruling on the Sabah Governor’s decision to dissolve the state assembly on June 30.
With the appellate court’s decision, the state election will proceed as scheduled.
Nominations have been set for Sept 12 while polling will be on Sept 26.