Liew Takes Musa Apart Point By Point

KOTA KINABALU: Tan Sri Musa Aman has no one but himself to blame for the dissolution of the state assembly, said Warisan permanent chairman Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

“He brought this upon himself and all Sabahans,” he said.

“He attempted to steal a government without shame or dignity and we will not allow it.

“And now I am sure Sabahans will teach him the lesson on democracy he well deserves.”

“See you at the polls and there is nothing to fear. Let the people decide if they want you and the gang of frogs to lead Sabah,” said Liew.

“As for Musa’s opinion that we should not have elections at the moment due to the pandemic, I only have this to say – hogwash,” he said, in a statement here today.

“He attempted on several occasions to steal a democratically-elected state government, right in the middle of a pandemic.

“But to have Sabahans democratically now do this is unwise? Even hypocrisy and shamelessness must have limits.”

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal yesterday announced the dissolution of the state legislative assembly to pave the way for state elections, to be held within 60 days.

In an immediate reaction, Musa said it was not necessary to dissolve the assembly as this would be a waste of time and money, and that with Covid-19 threat far from over, this could endanger people’s lives.

Shafie had called a snap election to preempt an attempt by Musa to topple his government with the help of defecting assemblymen.

Liew in his statement contended that the only lot unhappy with the dissolution was Musa and his political frogs.

“In fact they seem fearful of elections … I wonder why so. It is ironic in fact that he is so afraid to face Sabahans in the polls when he claims to have majority support to become their chief minister,” he said.

“Sabahans can now freely choose who they wish to lead them and Sabah – not power hungry and greedy politicians.”

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Musa’s contention that it is unsafe to hold an election at this time was also rubbished by Liew.

The Election Commission had in parliament on July 16 stated that they were fit and ready to hold elections at any time and anywhere in Malaysia, he said.

“The pandemic is not a hindrance. They have identified SOPs and mechanisms to facilitate the people’s right to vote despite the pandemic.

“We have also seen this done in the by-election in Chini, Pahang and now the upcoming by-election in Slim, Perak.

“Secondly, general elections for entire countries have also been held in Singapore and South Korea just several months back during this pandemic.

“There is hence no reason why we should not hold them in Sabah,” he said, adding it was only Musa’s carnal fear that he would be dealt the same fate as the last general election if elections were held.

Meanwhile, Liew also ridiculed Musa’s criticism that it was improper to dissolve the state assembly.

The former law de facto law minister said Shafie, as the chief minister, had the constitutional right to request for such a dissolution at any time and for any reason.

“The prerogative as to whether to allow the dissolution is then in turn vested in the Sabah Governor and to be exercised by him.

“The dissolution was hence done in accordance with law under the Sabah State Constitution and due process.

“It puts an absolute end in the tracks to Musa’s insatiable thirst and desire to wrest power in Sabah through the backdoor and form an illegitimate state government without the people’s mandate and certainly one without a moral compass.”

Liew gave his seal of approval for the move made by Shafie, saying it was admirable and courageous.

“The move to return the people’s mandate to Sabahans by him has been strongly echoed and supported not only by Sabahans but by Malaysians all across the country.

“They do not support an illegitimate backdoor government motivated by money politics and nor do they fancy being robbed of their democratic right to choose their own government,” he said.