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Shafie lawfully sworn in: Sazalye
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah lawyer cum Sabah PKR Deputy Secretary, Sazalye Donol Abdullah, maintained that Parti Warisan Sabah President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has been lawfully sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sabah by the Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin under Article 6 (3) read together with Article 7(1) of the State Constitution.

He argued that although Sabah BN Chairman cum Sabah Umno Liaison Chief Tan Sri Musa Aman was sworn in as Chief Minister by the Head of State on May 10 after claiming a simple majority of 31 assemblymen following the kingmaker role played by Star which won two State seats, he (Musa) lost his majority in the State Legislative Assembly a day after the swearing-in when several of his elected representatives switched their support to Shafie.

"Musa had ceased to command the majority confidence. Against this backdrop of events, the vote of confidence in Shafie carried in the Special Sitting of the State Assembly on June 11 renders the action by Musa in the courts academic and an exercise in futility," he said in a whatsApp message to Daily Express.

Sazalye was countering another Sabah lawyer Henry Gudid who contended that the vote of confidence by 43 State Assemblymen/Assemblywomen in Shafie as Chief Minister in the special State Legislative Assembly sitting on June 11 does not prove that the latter is the lawful Chief Minister.

Citing the 2009 case of former Perak Mentri Besar Nijar Jamaluddin (PAS), he (Sazalye) said the Federal Court decision in Nijar's case against Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir (BN) is on point in which the Apex Court ruled that Nijar had been deemed to have resigned and vacated his office of MB even without submitting his resignation.– Mary Chin

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