KUALA LUMPUR — Jan. 16, 2019: The High Court today reversed a lower court’s decision to allow former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to be given his passport to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Musa, 68, who was to have been allowed to use the passport from January 15 to February 10 to travel to Singapore and London, will have to return it to the court today.
Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan, in reversing the decision, remarked that Musa was merely seeking to be treated by doctors of his choice and felt that he could be readily treated in Malaysia.
“In fact, the correspondences in his affidavits gravitate towards the same conclusion,” he said.
Zaini said that while it was undisputed that Musa was suffering from some ailment, there was no suggestion by him that he could only be treated in Singapore and London.
“The pertinent issue here is whether he should be given the liberty to seek further treatment and tests abroad. There is no suggestion by the accused that he could only be treated in Singapore and the United Kingdom. The burden lies on him to show that he would require special medical attention that is not readily available in this country,” he said.
The judge noted the fact that Musa’s passport was ordered to be surrendered when bail was first fixed means that he is a flight risk and that there is a need to curtail his freedom of movement.
Musa was charged last November 5 with 35 counts of corruption involving US$63.3 million (RM263 million) in connection with timber concessions in Sabah. — Bernama