Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman said it was important for the 33 assemblymen backing him to remain united and stay on course in the mission to steer Sabah back on the right path.
“It is our sincere hope that the court will allow a judicial review of the TYT’s decision to dissolve the Sabah State Assembly as we believe he was wrongly advised,” he said in a statement today.
Musa said the Statistics Department’s report this month showed Sabah’s gross domestic product (GDP) hitting an all-time low of 0.5% in 2019, which was proof that Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) had failed in developing the state and look after the welfare of the people.
“Unemployment stood at 5.8% (the worst in 20 years), meaning that more than 117,000 Sabahans were jobless and worried when they welcomed in 2020 earlier this year.
“Simply put, the dismal figures mean many Sabahans have lost their jobs, receive no income and are struggling with their families to make ends meet. This is simply not acceptable,” he said.
Musa said the longer Mohd Shafie Apdal stayed in power, the longer Sabah would languish in terms of economic development due to dwindling business activities and lack of foreign direct investments.
“We must in no uncertain terms preserve the Sabahan way of life, save our constitution that we hold dear and maintain law and order with the objective of regaining the trust of investors, both local and foreign, so that we all have a fighting chance to resolve this economic mess left behind by the Warisan administration.”
Despite a call from his younger brother Datuk Seri Anifah Aman to retire from politics, Musa has welcomed his entry into the state political arena via his new platform.
Musa acknowledged Anifah’s statement to invite fresh and younger faces into politics but showed no signs of stepping down anytime soon.
“As to the entry of Party Cinta Sabah into the state’s political scene, we welcome them.
“In managing politics and administering a government, it is important to welcome as much fresh new talent on board. This injection of new blood must be balanced with those who already have a wealth of experience with a proven track record.
“This will ensure that the younger leaders will be able to learn and tap the invaluable experience of battle-proven elders,” he said.