Ac­cept the truth, you’re no longer CM, Musa urged

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Na­sional mem­bers and its chair­man Tan Sri Musa Aman should ac­cept their de­feat in the gen­eral elec­tion and play the role of an ef­fec­tive Op­po­si­tion to the state gov­ern­ment, says a Parti Warisan Sabah leader.

Warisan per­ma­nent chair­man Datuk V.K. Liew said Musa and Barisan should swal­low the bit­ter pill of de­feat in­stead of fo­cus­ing on the May 12 swear­ing-in of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Ap­dal as Chief Min­is­ter.

“It was le­git­i­mate and in ac­cord- ance with the state con­sti­tu­tion,” Liew said.

The May 10 ap­point­ment of Musa au­to­mat­i­cally ceased the mo­ment the new chief min­is­ter took the oath of of­fice, said Liew, who is Batu Sapi MP.

Say­ing that enough le­gal de­bate had gone on over Shafie’s ap­point­ment, Liew added that the ques­tion of whether Musa had to re­sign first or con­vene the Sabah Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly for a vote of con­fi­dence was now aca­demic and ir­rel­e­vant.

“It is a fact, an un­de­ni­able fact, that Shafie’s new gov­ern­ment with Upko, PKR and DAP has more than the re­quired mar­gin to form the state gov­ern­ment,” Liew said, adding that Warisan and its part­ners held only 37 of the 60 assem­bly seats.

Liew claimed that at the time of Musa’s swear­ing-in on May 10, he did not com­mand the ma­jor­ity of the as­sem­bly­men.

“They are duly elected by the peo­ple and they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to carry out their du­ties as the Op­po­si­tion and to pro­vide a check and bal­ance to the pre­sent gov­ern- ment,” he added.

He said it was un­der­stand­able Barisan thought it­self high and mighty but it should re­alise that the voter sen­ti­ment was to seek change.

“The feel­ing of shock and dis­be­lief must be lin­ger­ing not only in the minds of Barisan lead­ers but also among their sup­port­ers,” Liew said.

Musa, who has kept a low pro­file since his ouster, main­tains he is still the le­git­i­mate chief min­is­ter and is con­tem­plat­ing a chal­lenge to Shafie’s ap­point­ment.

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