Musa Aman Sues Sabah Governor for Dissolving Assembly

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Musa Aman is suing Sabah governor Juhar Mahiruddin for dissolving the state legislative assembly rather than accepting the former chief minister’s claim of having majority support in the house.

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The Malay Mail Online, which sighted the judicial review application, reported that Juhar was named as the first respondent, and caretaker chief minister Mohd Shafie Apdal, the second respondent.

The Election Commission and the Sabah government are the third and fourth respondents, respectively.

The application, filed by lawyer Fuad Ahmad on behalf of Musa and 32 assemblymen who support him, is to be heard tomorrow.

The 33 claim in the application that the dissolution of the assembly was not in accordance with the Sabah constitution.

They seek a court injunction to stop the state elections, which must be held within 60 days of the assembly’s dissolution on July 30.

Shafie asked Juhar to dissolve the state assembly on July 29, after Musa sought to take over the government on the basis he had a simple majority of 33 votes in the state assembly.

This followed the defection of 13 assemblymen from Warisan, of which Shafie is president.

The current legislative assembly has 60 elected and five appointed representatives.

The state elections to come will have 73 seats up for grabs, after state and federal lawmakers last year approved the addition of 13 more seats in Sabah. – TMI