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Federal Court to hear tomorrow on question of lawful Sabah CM

Who is the lawful Sabah CM? Shafie (left) or Musa? It's for the apex court to decide......

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PUTRAJAYA — Sept. 10, 2020: In view of the earlier decision by the Election Commission for nominations for the state election to be held this Saturday, the Federal Court will hear tomorrow an application to stay the Sabah governor’s decision to dissolve the state assembly pending the disposal of a suit filed by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

Former Tamparuli assemblyman Jahid @ Noordin Jahim filed an application on Tuesday with a certificate of urgency.

Jahid has named sitting Chief Minister Datuk Seri ShafieApdal, Speaker Syed Abas Syed Ali and state assembly secretary Bernard J. Dalinting as defendants.

Understandably, state Attorney-General Brenndon Keith Soh said the application will be opposed.

In the application Jahid maintained that Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin’s decision to dissolve the 15th assembly on July 30 should be stayed until the disposal of the suit and that the election notices issued by the EC for the 73 constituencies should be suspended.

Another point by Jahid in his affidavit is that Musa’s appeal before the Federal Court will be academic if the election is held.

On August 26, the Federal Court ruled 2-1 to allow Musa’s leave application seeking a declaration that he was the rightful CM after the conclusion of the 15th state election in May 2018.

Justice Abdul Rahman Sebli ruled that the merit of the appeal by Musa and Jahid must be heard as the questions of law posed were of grave importance.

Rahman further remarked that Sabahans had the right to know if Musa’s removal was in accordance with the state’s constitution.

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