Musa and Entourage Barred from Entering Istana Negeri

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Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman and his entourage were barred from entering the palace here today.

The group, believed to consist of Musa and the 32 other assemblymen supporting him, told reporters in a WhatsApp group at about 3.30pm that they were heading to the Istana Negeri but at 4pm were stopped by the police at a roadblock set up before the main road leading to the palace.

“The YB entourage were stopped from going to the Istana,” said the spokesman in the group.

Over 10 vehicles were seen lined up at the Bukit Nenas roundabout trying to enter Jalan Istana, bringing traffic to a standstill in one lane for more than an hour.

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It is believed that the group were going to plead their case to form a government with a simple majority.

Musa had told reporters earlier that he would try to meet the Head of State Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to appeal for a reversal of the dissolution of the state assembly.

Musa had claimed he had 33 state assemblymen, including himself, out of 65 members of the state assembly supporting him, which qualifies him to be appointed chief minister and head a new government.

To achieve the simple majority, 13 state assemblymen from the Warisan-led government had to defect and support Musa, while withdrawing their support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Meanwhile, Sabah Star president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is questioning why they were not allowed to meet the Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Speaking to reporters at the junction leading to Istana Negeri, Jeffery said their presence was to see the Head of State to seek clarification on the letter they have submitted but unfortunately did not receive any reply.

“The purpose of the letter is to form the new government with the majority of the 33 assemblymen.

“We are seeking clarification of the letter as we have the majority to form the new state government.

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“We have more than half, 33 out of 65 assemblymen, to form the state government, but we were denied entry,” he said.

Jeffery, who is also the Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, said all 33 assemblymen, including Musa, were upset with the ‘no reply’ from the Head of State or its representative.

“I’m also suspicious when we were not allowed to enter Istana and to meet the Head of State,” he added.

After waiting for one and a half hours along Jalan Istana, Jeffery and the 33 assemblymen and their entourage finally left the area at around 5.30pm.

The group have been waiting since 4pm.