PETALING JAYA: The former Sabah chief minister, Tan Sri Musa Aman, was arrested in a private hospital where he was defended after his return from England on Tuesday.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din confirmed that Musa was arrested in his hospital bed yesterday at 10 am.
Magistrate Norshahirah Abd Salim, however, rejected the police request for the 66-year-old, who is facing a probe by the police and graft-busters, which also covers a report on criminal harassment filed by Sabah Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin after the 14th general election.
It was learned that Musa had let his statement made late yesterday in connection with the Juhar report.
Sources said that Musa's attorney, Amer Hamzah Arshad, informed the magistrate at the hospital hearing that Musa had left the country through the appropriate channels & # 39; to seek medical treatment and to arrange personal matters.
It was learned that the various correspondence between Musa & # 39; s lawyers and the police was also shown to the magistrate to show that he was willing to cooperate.
The request for pre-trial detention was made by the investigative officer, Deputy Supt Ramasamy Kuppan.
In Kota Kinabalu it is said that Musa could already be sworn in at the Sungai Sibuga assembly today.
Sources said he expected to fly to Kota Kinabalu at the start of the day, although it was not certain if he was enough.
Senior leaders of Sabah Umno and her partner Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) said they were looking forward to meeting Musa.
Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun and Sabah Umno chief Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor said they planned to visit him if he was still in the private hospital in Subang Jaya.
PBS information manager Datuk Jahid Jahim said he believed that members of Sabah Umno's secretariat were already in the federal capital to meet Musa, who remains the chairman of Sabah Barisan Nasional.
In the VVIP suite of the hospital, staff and security were alert to unauthorized visitors.
While the check on the registration list confirmed by the concierge of the hospital that Musa was indeed guarded in one of the VVIP suites, an on duty nurse claimed that the room was unoccupied.
Reporters waited outside the suite on the pretext that they wanted to meet other visitors, but the nurse claimed that no one would come and that the rooms were "forbidden."
Meanwhile, the de facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that Musa had to confirm his claims about illness with a medical report instead of just a photo posted on Facebook by his political secretary.
He said that while there were unsubstantiated claims on social media about Musa's so-called "medical conditions", his son Yamani Hafez, who is the Sipitang MP, was seen on a photo next to Musa, who looked good.
Liew rebuked Yamani for showing complete contempt for his responsibility as a member of parliament and a lack of respect for Parliament by not participating in the swearing ceremony last month.