Musa seeking long overdue medical treatment, says lawyer
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman will be back as soon as he has completed his medical treatment, said his lawyer.
Without revealing where Musa is, his legal counsel Zahir Shah said Musa is presently seeking long overdue medical treatment as advised by his personal physicians.
In a statement on Friday (June 1), Zahir said Musa wishes to clarify that he never travelled illegally and that he had always used the proper immigration channels.
This is in reference to news reports on Friday quoting Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Mustafa r Ali saying that Musa and Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos will be in trouble if they had left the country using illegal routes.
"I wish to put it on record that Musa wishes to clarify that he had never travelled illegally and his travels have always been via proper immigration channels.
"As strongly advised by his personal physicians, Musa is presently seeking medical treatment, which is long overdue.
"Musa will be back as soon as his medical treatment is completed and his physicians are satisfied with his overall health condition," said Zahir in the statement.
He added that Musa wished to reiterate that he has always been willing to give his full cooperation and will continue to do so in assisting the authorities provided it is carried out fairly in accordance to the rule of law.
Musa is being sought by the police to record his statement over an alleged criminal intimidation report lodged against him by Yan g di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.
No arrest warrant has been put out by the police for Musa.
He is also being sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for a graft probe.
Musa is widely believed by his opponents to have "fled" to London without using proper legal channels.
He has remained out of public view though he has made statements via his lawyers on several occasions.
MACC sources have indicated that Musa had left the country before it could apply for him to be blacklisted.
The Immigration Department, however, did not have a record of Musa leaving the country.
The police report by Juhar surfaced after two political leaders were sworn in at Istana Negeri as the chief minister within 48 hours.
The police investigation is likely to give a clearer picture on what happened at Istana Negeri on the night of May 10 amid heavy political horse-trading that saw Barisan losing its 31 seat simple majority in the 60 member s tate assembly.
Musa was sworn in before Juhar during an apparently delayed ceremony at 11.10pm on May 10, but lost his majority support among state assemblymen 12 hours later when six of them defected.
Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, whose party and its allies secured a majority with 35 of the 60 state seats, was sworn in at 9.15pm on May 12.
Musa, who was informed by the Governor that he was no longer chief minister effective May 12, is seeking a court a declaration that he is the legitimate chief minister and to nullify Shafie's appointment.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said Musa is believed to not be in Sabah since May 14, when he left for Kuala Lumpur to attend an Umno meeting.