Hamzah Confident Juhar Will Not Abuse Position

KOTA KINABALU: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said if the Head of State had really consented to dissolving the assembly then everyone should accept the fact and prepare for elections.

Stating that Tun Juhar Mahirudin was an old friend of his, Hamzah said he had no reason to believe Juhar would abuse his position.

“I am confident he will not abuse his position and (as) the Head of State, let him be responsible for his actions,” he said here today.

“If the Head of State had consented to the chief minister to dissolve the assembly, if the decision is genuine, then we’ll face it (election).”

In the event Hamzah said if would be left to the parties in Sabah to fight to ensure they are accepted by the people.

“The people are the ones to decide for their own state,” he said.

Juhar’s decision to dissolve the state assembly on July 30 which paved the way for a snap state election is now being disputed in court by a group of 33 assemblymen led by former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

On June 29, Musa who had led a now botched attempt to overthrow the Warisan Plus state government had said that Hamzah and the political secretary to the prime minister had met with Juhar earlier.

He said their visit was to notify Juhar that a new alliance led by him (Musa) had secured a simple majority to form the government.

“Let me be frank with you, Tun Juhar has been my longtime good friend since the 1990s,” explained Hamzah after attending a Rela event here.

“There is nothing wrong in me visiting him and during our meeting part of the things we talked about was of course on the future of Sabah.

“But as for the details let it be between me and him. I know what we discussed and he knows what I’ve already told him.”

In another development Hamzah said everyone had a right to form political parties in the country.

There is no issue to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanting to form a new party, he said.

“We have some 32 million, there can be one million parties with one party having 30 members, no issue,” he said cynically.

But Hamzah who is secretary-general of PPBM, of which Dr Mahathir was chairman earlier, said he found it rather interesting that the former prime minister was resorting to setting up yet another party.

He said this was because Dr Mahathir had previously complained about the Malay community having too many parties.

Yesterday Dr Mahathir announced plans to set up a new independent Malay political party, saying there was a need for one to fight corruption as the other Malay parties had deviated from their original path.