Rakyat more important: Shafie
Published on: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Kota Kinabalu: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said he is more concerned about the rakyat than about his predecessor Tan Sri Musa Aman.
"A lot of money has been missed, the rakyat is more important, there is a lot of land, I can describe within 100 days how much money has been collected and how much land has been taken," he told the media when he was asked about the former first Minister, Tuesday.
When asked whether the government of the government is considering allowing Musa to extend his oath limit, Shafie said:
"Under the law I can not withdraw the Constitution, but it is very clear that if the person fails to take an oath within a certain period of time, that area must be announced as an empty area and an interim election must be made. are held.
"I can not do that because it falls under the Constitution, we can not withdraw the Constitution unless we have this meeting and that is very clear," he said.
If he is pressed when he has information about when Musa comes back, Shafie said, "Well, I just read the paper, the speculations have been there months ago, that he will come back very soon, we do not know how fast.
"But whatever it is, what matters is that the law in this country must prevail for those who have violated the law, whether it is the Immigration Law, the Police Act, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Act.
He said that there is no immunity for any person in this country and that the law should be color-blind.
"I am sure I think many Malaysians who voted for Pakatan Harapan, who voted for the Warisan-led government to ensure that we have to install the capacity of the institutions, maintain and not only improve.
"There are many questions about not only in terms of the judiciary, the police system in this country, whether we have followed the laws and the rules of the country and I think this has been questioned a lot during the last elections.
"What is important now is the need for us to maintain that to ensure that the law prevails, so there should be no immunity for a person.
"They can always make a comeback, this is their country, but make sure the law has to be there."
When asked if he thinks that Musa is really sick, based on the photo that went viral with him (Musa) on what seemed to be a hospital bed, Shafie said: "I'm not sure I'm not a doctor, I can not say anything let alone I have never seen him, I have never heard anything, there is no medical report given to us.
"But because of the appearance of the photo (which went viral), he has this stick (walking stick) on his bed, you know that you are ill, you do not need it … you need crutches, you need a wheelchair as you are really sick.
"People who are ill have a lot of gray hair like me, but some people do not even have gray hair," he said.
He said that a sick person, if he is found guilty, should be punished, adding that there are people who are ill in prison and doctors will be brought to treat them.
"If all the sick in our prisons are taken out of prison, they are free.
Those who seek treatment should receive treatment. I was in pre-trial detention, I asked for medical health and was operated.
"He has to come back to take his oath despite the surgeries," he said.
Musa must take his oath of office as Sungai Sibuga Assemblyman by 11 September or leave the chair.
On 15 August, the chairman of the Sabah State Assembly ruled that Syed Abas Syed Ali that Musa should be sworn in as an assembler within three months of the first session of the new state assembly.
The new Sabah State Assembly was held for the first time on 11 June, after the 14th general elections on 9 May.
Musa, also chairman of Sabah Barisan Nasional, was sworn in as prime minister on 10 May after obtaining a simple majority, but it was short-lived when several BN technicians switched to Shafie, the new head minister of Parti Warisan Sabah.
Musa is believed to have left Malaysia on May 17 to seek medical treatment in the United Kingdom.
He is also under police investigation of alleged criminal intimidation against Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. – Sherell Jeffrey