Musa Aman Finally Sworn in as Assemblyman

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Cheering supporters gave Musa a rousing welcome home.

Picture: Sabah Umno

 Former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman today arrived at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 12.30pm by private jet from Kuala Lumpur and was greeted by more than 1,000 supporters.

Sporting the beginning of a beard and with much longer hair than when he left in May, Musa, dressed in a white shirt, dark grey suit and black songkok, walked through the arrival hall at about 12.40pm with the aid of a walking stick.

A thanksgiving prayer was recited by his son-in-law Datuk Mohd Ariffin Mohd Arif.

Musa was also met by several state UMNO leaders, including Sabah UMNO Liaison chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid and Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

Accompanied by his aides, lawyers and senior Umno state leaders, he was greeted loudly by cheering supporters chanting his name amid shouts of “Allahu Akhbar“. The supporters had been at the airport compound waiting for his arrival since 10am.

He made his way through the terminal and shook some of the supporters’ hands, waving at others, until he entered a waiting black Toyota Alphard MPV and was whisked away to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building.

The supporters which thronged the airport terminal continued chanting “Musa Aman” until the former Umno state liaison chief left.

Earlier, the light strike force unit of the police had trouble controlling the rowdy crowd who wanted to be let into the terminal building.

The crowd soon dispersed after Musa left.

Musa’s entourage arrived at the DUN building at about 1.25pm but had to wait about an hour for the state speaker Syed Abas Syed Ali.

He remained in his vehicle until Syed Abas arrived at 2.45pm.

Looking a little frail, the 67-year-old was then helped out of his vehicle and assisted by his close aides to the speaker’s room.

He stumbled on the escalator going up but was steadied by his aides.

He took his oath at 3.33pm.

Speaking to the media for the first time since returning to Malaysia, Musa reiterated that he had no intention of running from the authorities when he left the country.

In a press conference that lasted about four minutes, he said he had extended his full cooperation to the authorities in Kuala Lumpur and would continue to do so.

“I have returned to Sabah to fulfil my obligations despite my medical condition and against the advice of my team of physicians,” he said.

“I also wish to point out in no uncertain terms that I did not run away and was never a fugitive.

“I have been away due to a grave medical condition as confirmed by medical reports from my team of physicians,” he said.

He thanked Syed Abbas for understanding his circumstances and granting him an audience so that he could fulfil his duties as a member of the state legislative assembly.

“I am a son of Sabah and have been serving my constituency and the state. I will continue to do so to the best of my abilities.

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“I wish to thank all, especially my supporters for their continued support and prayers during these trying times,” he added.