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Shafie to let Mahathir decide Federal posts
Published on: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal will be leaving it to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to decide on the distribution of ministerial posts for Sabah representatives at Federal level. "I have made some recommendations and we leave it to the prime minister to decide, we have there will be a place for representatives from Sabah to be part of the Federal Government.

"At State level, we also have a place for them, DAP and PKR has a place here, there is an understanding at State level even though we have not joined the Pakatan Harapan," he told a media conference here, Tuesday.

"It is his (Dr Mahathir) purview to decide, but I am confident we will have a participation," he said.

On when will the premier be making the announcement, Shafie said "Well I am sure he knows the time, we can't be pressing him to do when."

The Prime Minister had on Friday, announced a 14-member Cabinet following approval by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Dr Mahathir is expected to name the rest of his Cabinet line-up in stages. However it was unclear when.

On another matter, Shafie said he leaves it to the Head of State Tun Juhar Mahirrudin when asked about the police report lodged by the latter against former Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman on Saturday.

"It is his (Tun Juhar) to do so, if he feels that there is some kind of intimation has been done," he said, adding that he hopes necessary steps will be taken by the authorities responsible.

On whether he (Shafie) has filed anything in terms of suit, he said "We are ready whenever they are."

Musa had on May 17 filed a suit at the High Court here against Tun Juhar and Shafie seeking a declaration that he (Musa) is the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah.

The suit came after Musa, who is also Sabah Barisan Nasional Chairman, was sworn in as Chief Minister before Tun Juhar on May 10 after the general election the day before.

He was sworn in as Chief Minister after obtaining a simple majority when two opposition assemblymen declared support for Sabah BN, which had obtained 29 seats in the 60-seat State Assembly.

However, 24 hours later days later, Parti Warisan Sabah President Shafie was sworn in as the new Chief Minister when several BN assemblyman switched allegiance to Warisan, which had also won 29 seats in the election.

With Musa refusing to resign despite not commanding majority support, the Head of State's private secretary Abinan Asli on May 14 delivered a notice to Musa that he was no longer the Chief Minister. - Sherell Jeffrey


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