Istana Negeri Refutes Alleged Power Abuse by Tun Juhar

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The Istana Negeri of Sabah today refuted the allegation by a non-governmental organisation that Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin had abused his power and had accepted an inducement in dissolving the state assembly.

The Sabah Governor’s private secretary, Abinan Asli said that in response to the complaint lodged by the chairman of Gerakan Kuasa Rakyat Malaysia Datuk Zulkarnain Mahdar with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya yesterday, alleging misconducts against Juhar.

“The Istana Negeri strongly refutes the allegations made by Zulkarnain Mahdar. They are untrue, baseless and had malicious intent,” he told a press conference at Istana Negeri today.


Abinan explained that Juhar had never received 33 statutory declarations as claimed by Zulkarnain before signing the declaration for the dissolution of the state assembly.

Furthermore, he said the palace never received any official or unofficial request from the former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to have an audience with Juhar,

Abinan said the palace also never instructed the police to stop Musa and his entourage from entering the palace area on July 30 as the roadblock mounted by the police was meant to avoid untoward incidents.