Not worried over Musa’s suit: Shafie
Published on: Saturday, July 07, 2018
Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he is not worried about Monday’s court case by former CM Tan Sri Musa Aman over the legitimacy of his (Shafie’s) appointment.
“Everybody knows already what is due and what is not due. I think the matter is purely academic but I don’t want to make a pre-judgement. Let the courts decide whatever it is.
“I am not concerned about that. The proceedings of the State Assembly has been done and it has been well attended not only by opposition and the cabinet ministers sworn in by Musa are already in the current government.
“It is clear cut. Very clear cut that the constitution has already spelt out. When a person doesn’t command the majority, he must relinquish himself from that particular position.
He said this to the media when met after the handing over of appointment letter to new State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan by Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman at the State Administrative Building on Friday.
Hashim formerly served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development Sabah and is a Director at K.K.I.P Sdn Bhd.
On the opposition not being very active in debates at the recent State Assembly sitting, Shafie said it was up to them to decide what to do.
“I cant direct them to do what they want to do, its their life. They are politicians and know what they need to do. I think it’s up to them.
“I’m not only getting criticism from the opposition but also from within the party as well.
So we are quite alive in getting opinions and objections including from the public as well.
I am listening to a lot of voices (from the public) as to what is good for the people.
“So we are not just a good listener but we want it also to be in tandem with what the people want.”
Asked to comment on Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s announcement of the suspension of the Trans Sabah Gas pipeline (TSGP), Shafie if it is under the prerogative of the Federal Government, then of course the State government has to deal with it.
“But of course I have to know the reasons why and what are the implications as we have to get ready on what has been decided.
“Possibly they (Federal Government) may have strong reasons to cancel the project, possibly also due to financial constraints but we will look into it.”
On the issue of the ban on sanddredging in the Keningau area, Shafie said the government will look into the matter first.
“We will check the policy. I cant be saying no because we have to look into the considerations as to why.
“If there is a concrete proposal from the relevant ministries we have to bring it up and we can make it as a policy to ensure it is in tandem with the rules and regulation. We can’t make such decisions off the cuff.
Of course they can implement certain things but it is a policy that needs to be done.”
On July 1, State minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong made a call for a total ban on sand mining and dredging activities in Keningau area to preserve the state of the rivers ecosystems there which was under threat from such activities.
New Papar MP Ahmad Hassan also wanted sand dredging in his constituency stopped due to many villagers losing their precious lands because the operators, both legal and illegal, resort to devious tactics to dredge sand from the riverbanks of other landowners, including use of long arm scoops.
Meanwhile Shafie on behalf of the State Government extended his thanks to Sukarti for his services to the people and State.
Labuan-born Sukarti first entered the public sector on July 1977 as a human resource officer under the Human Resource and Environmental Development Ministry.
He has held several key positions including Ceremonial and Protocol officer under the Chief Minister’s Department and Private Secretary to the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, as well as a Permanent Secretary for three State Ministries. – Neil Chan