Blogger's claim Sabah AG getting RM60k a month outlandish, says Warisan veep

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah hopes the public will not be taken in by wild allegations from a blogger over the salary of state Attorney General Datuk Brenddon Soh.

Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Datuk Jaujan Sambakong said that the public should not be misled by the allegations from a blogger who is also friendly to the ruling Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition.

Jaujan said claims by the blogger that Sabah State Attorney General (AG) Datuk Brenndon Soh was given a salary of RM60,000 a month when appointed by the then Warisan-led government were outlandish.

He said the contract that was signed by Soh was the same as those that had been signed by three former State AGs who were also appointed from private practice.

Jaujan also said on Sunday (Nov 22) that Soh's salary is commensurate with his grade of Utama Turus II, VU3 in the Sabah civil service, declining to give the exact figure for privacy reasons.

"Soh is a respected lawyer and sacrificed a lucrative private practice to serve the state government on a much reduced income.

"It would be unfair for anyone to try and smear him with such an unsubstantiated claim of receiving a grossly exaggerated amount in their bid to oust him from the post.

"As a highly regarded lawyer in the legal fraternity, he held the post of Sabah Law Society president for two terms.

"It was also during his term that the Sabah Law Society was elevated to a fully-fledged statutory Bar," Jaujan, a former deputy chief minister in the Warisan state government, said.

The blogger, who was allegedly a former PBS candidate for Penampang in the 1999 general election, also claimed that Datuk Cyrus Das was paid a whopping RM3mil for his legal services.

Jaujan said this was another ludicrous claim by the pro-GRS blogger as Cyrus was paid in accordance with professional fees for appearing at the Federal Court.

"The allegation that the amount was RM3mil is no where close to his fees," he said, while explaining that it would not be fair or professional to reveal the amount paid.

"All I can say is that the RM3mil is a figment of the blogger's imagination," he added.

Cyrus had represented the Sabah Government and then Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal in the Court of Appeal following the July 30th dissolution of the state assembly.

Talk has been simmering in government circles and social media that Soh, who was appointed by the previous Warisan state government, might be replaced by another lawyer from private practice who represented GRS leaders in court battles against the Warisan state government and the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri over the last two years.

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