Palace decrees Musa Aman no longer CM while Shafie Apdal lifts travel ban on politicians, activists.
The private secretary to the Yang Dipertua Sabah, Abinan Asli, today delivered a letter of notification stating that Sabah BN chairperson Musa Aman is no longer the chief minister.
Abinan said the letter was sent to Musa Aman’s secretary Effendy Mohamed Sunoh at about 11.34am after he failed to hand over the letter at Musa’s private residence.
He said the notification came into effect on May 12.
Earlier, a delegation from the Istana Negeri, led by Abinan, arrived at Musa’s private residence at 11.05am and waited for about 20 minutes outside the house to serve the letter, but to no avail.
Subsequently, the delegation managed to meet Effendy who received the letter.
“I will not open this letter. I only accepted it and will present it to the person concerned,” Effendy told Abinan after signing the letter of receipt.
Musa was reportedly on his way to Kuala Lumpur after boarding a Malindo Air flight at 9am.
He was sworn in as the chief minister of Sabah on May 10 after the party obtained a simple majority of 31 seats with the addition of two seats from Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star).
On the night of May 12, Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal was sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Sabah when the BN-Star coalition was denied the simple majority.
Mohd Shafie was appointed the new chief minister when the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan coalition obtained 35 state seats after six BN assemblypersons switched sides.
Earlier, Jeffrey Kitingan, who was appointed Agriculture and Food Industry Minister by Musa Aman, arrived for his first day at the office today at 9.49am.
Upon arrival, he went straight to his office and held a meeting with the ministry’s permanent secretary Ahmad Ag Hashim and the rest of the ministry’s staff.
With Shafie now the Chief Minister, Jeffrey will not be able to keep his position.
Meanwhile, Shafie arrived for his first day at work at the Sabah Administrative Centre (PPNS) in Kota Kinabalu at 10.50am amidst tight security.
He was welcomed by his supporters and party members, who had been waiting at the PPNS since 7.30am.
It is learned that Shafie had earlier met with several senior government and security officials at his house in Taman Golf View.
First day on the job, the newly-minted Chief Minister lifted the immigration ban on most politicians and activists from the peninsula.
Giving his first press conference at his office, he said that leaders, including former Batu MP Tian Chua and Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, as well as activists such as S Ambiga and Maria Chin Abdullah can now enter Sabah.
They were allegedly barred on political grounds by the former BN government.