PETALING JAYA: Former chief justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has refuted allegations that he had advised the Yang di-Pertua Negeri over the appointment of the Sabah chief minister.
He was responding to claims by certain Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) leaders that his legal advice was sought by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri over the issue.
"I have not spoken to Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahiruddin for many years now, and I have no reason to do so.
"The report by Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi allegedly linking me to the matter is completely false, fake and baseless.
"I have never been contacted by any person from the palace on any of the current issues.
"Rightly so, as I have no business to do so and I would not do it anyway, being a mere ordinary citizen.
"Furthermore, I am currently in quarantine as a precaution," said Malanjum when contacted by The Star.
On Sunday (Sept 27), Ahmad Zahid said he was fully aware that the Yang di-Pertua Negeri had consulted legal experts.
“I know the legal experts he consulted campaigned for the other side, but that is his prerogative, ” Zahid said.