Wanted: Musa Aman

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Believed to have fled the country.

Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is wanted by the police and anti-graft agency, is believed to have left the country.

It was reported that his aides were not aware of his whereabouts but a few claimed Musa may have left for Brunei and Singapore en route to London.

According to The Star, “highly-placed” Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sources said the commission had several days ago sought for Musa to be barred from leaving the country.

“However, we found out that he had gone overseas way before we applied for him to be blacklisted,” a source told The Star.

The beleaguered Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman is being sought by police over an alleged criminal intimidation report lodged against him by Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Juhar Mahi­ruddin and the MACC for a graft probe.

Bernama

Sabah police could only say that Musa was not in the state.

It is learnt that anti-graft officers had gone to Musa’s two homes in Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan to conduct a search, but found both premises unoccupied at that time.

The daily quoted sources saying that officers could not conduct a search as Musa’s lawyers had refused to co-operate

“His lawyers gave us the house keys but did not want to accompany us on the search.

“Our SOP (standard operating procedure) requires officers to be accompanied during searches. Because of this, we did not enter the premises,” the source was quoted as saying.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that his officers had gone to both properties.

“Yes, we were there, but the lawyers did not want to cooperate and assist us,” he was quoted saying.

Reportedly, Musa’s lawyer Zahir Shah declined to say where his client was or if he would give his statement to police soon.

Musa, the Sabah Umno chief, was last seen on a Malindo flight to Kuala Lumpur on May 14 and at an Umno meeting chaired by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the party deputy president undertaking the duties of the president, on May 16.

It is learnt that he was not present at the party’s supreme council meeting on May 21.

The probe by police and the MACC comes after two chief ministers were sworn in within a space of 48 hours.

Juhar had sworn in Musa on May 10 and Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on May 12 after the latter proved his majority support among the newly-elected state assemblymen.

The MACC is investigating the alleged buying over of assemblymen after GE14, which left Barisan and Warisan with 29 seats each in the 60-member assembly.

The commission is said to be investigating claims that RM20 million was paid by Barisan to gain the support of Sabah STAR’s two assemblymen, paving the way for Musa to be sworn in.

Musa lost his majority after six assemblymen from Barisan component party Upko and Sabah Umno pledged support for Warisan and its partners DAP and PKR.

On Thursday, Zahir said Musa denied allegations of criminal inti­midation against Juhar.

On May 17, Musa filed a suit seeking a court declaration that he was the legitimate chief minister.