Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman (right) filed a writ of summons in the High Court, seeking a declaration that he is and remains the lawful Sabah Chief Minister. NSTP file pic

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Tan Sri Musa Aman filed a writ of summons in the High Court today seeking a declaration that he is and remains the lawful Sabah Chief Minister.

The writ was filed through Messrs F.T. Ahmad and Co, which is acting for Musa.

Musa named Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin as the first respondent and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as the second respondent.

Lawyer Tengku Fuad Tengku Ahmad, in a statement, said Musa was seeking a declaration, among others, that he is and remains the lawful Chief Minister and that the purported swearing in of Shafie as a second Chief Minister by the state of head was unconstitutional.

“The writ also seeks a declaration that any and all acts by Shafie whilst purporting to be the Chief Minister are also null and void and of no effect.

“Under the Rules of Court 2012, once served, both Juhar and Shafie have 14 days to enter an appearance to the writ,” he said.

In the state election, Sabah BN won 29 seats while Warisan, which has working ties with Pakatan Harapan, also secured 29 seats. Two other state seats were won by Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku led by Datuk Dr Jeffry Kitingan.

On May 10, Musa was sworn-in as the chief minister before Juhar after securing a 31-majority following Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku’s decision to form an alliance with Sabah BN.

On May 12, Shafie was sworn in as the chief minister after six assemblymen from Musa-led government declared their support to the Warisan president to take over the government.

Both Musa and Shafie have introduced their cabinet line-up after being sworn as chief minister.

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