KUALA LUMPUR: The Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss Tan Sri Musa Aman’s appeal against the dismissal of his suit challenging the appointment of the Sabah Chief Minister is timely and apt, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Shafie, who became Sabah’s de facto Chief Minister in May 11 last year, said the ruling had put to rest uncertainty in the state over the issue.
“The decision would somewhat help in the better administration of the state and will attract more tourists and investors to Sabah,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby on Thursday (Nov 28).
He described the court’s decision as timely and apt after the issue of his appointment as Chief Minister initially had given rise to dispute.
On Nov 7 last year, the Kota Kinabalu High Court dismissed Musa Aman’s originating summons to seek a declaration that he is the rightful chief minister of Sabah according to the state constitution.
The summons was against Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin (first defendant) and Mohd Shafie (second defendant) which also sought a declaration that the appointment of Mohd Shafie as chief minister was illegal.
On a separate issue, Mohd Shafie said that the Cabinet reshuffle was the prerogative of the prime minister.
“I remember previously when I was thrown out of Cabinet.
“It was not my prerogative but that of the prime minister,” he said.
Shafie, who was Rural and Regional Development Minister under the previous Barisan Nasional administration, was dropped during a Cabinet reshuffle in 2016.