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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Musa Aman: I'm still the rightful chief minister

Despite Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal having been sworn in last night and having declared that he is now the lawful chief minister, Sabah BN chief Musa Aman is still insisting that he is the “rightful chief minister”.

“Please note that nothing has changed. Musa has not resigned.

“He is still the rightful chief minister,” said Afeiza Khan who is press secretary to Musa.

Shortly after being sworn in last night, Shafie discounted the scenario of Sabah having two chief ministers, despite Musa’s insistence that he has yet to resign as chief minister.

He claimed that the state governor had already asked Musa to resign yesterday.

Shafie also denied that the current situation represented a constitutional crisis.

“If only a person can accept he doesn’t command the majority then there’s no constitutional crisis."

The Star last night quoted a police officer on guard at Seri Gaya, the official residence of the chief minister saying that Musa’s staff were “packing up".

Musa was then spotted leaving Seri Gaya in his official car, accompanied by a motorcade.

Police guarding Seri Gaya then confirmed that the house was now empty.

On Wednesday, Warisan and its allies won 29 of the 60 seats in the Sabah legislative assembly - two short of a simple majority.

However, Musa claimed that he had the numbers after recruiting two Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) lawmakers.

Musa was thereafter sworn in as the Sabah chief minister.

Warisan, however, yesterday claimed to have 35 lawmakers after six BN representatives defected.

Shafie last night said Musa was free to take legal action if he wanted to.

He, however, pointed out how there was a precedence in the case, citing the Perak constitutional crisis which saw the Federal Court declaring BN’s Zambry Abd Kadir as the rightful chief minister in 2010 after proving he has the majority support.

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