By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Former Chief Minister Musa Aman was ordered to pay RM5,000 in cost to Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal after he dropped a suit against the latter.
High Court Judge Datuk Yew Jen Kee ordered the cost to be paid to the Chief Minister after Musa dropped his May 17 suit against Yang Di Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Shafie in his (Musa) bid to seek a court declaration as the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah.
Musa, who is on the Interpol ‘Red List’ for threatening Tun Juhar during his May 10 swearing in, had initially filed through his lawyers a writ of summon against Juhar and Shafie that would have involved a full trial.
In an apparent move to avoid a trial, Musa filed a fresh originating summons on June 6 that would only see lawyers from both sides argue on points of law without the need of Musa, who is still said to be overseas, to be present.
In the fresh summons filed by Musa against Juhar and Shafie, he had sought to get the court’s declaration that he (Musa) is the rightful Chief Minister of Sabah, that Juhar had acted unconstitutionally in swearing Shafie in as Chief Minister after he had already sworn in Musa, and for a declaration that Shafie is not the lawful Chief Minister and all acts caused or done by him are void or voidable.
Earlier Monday, the High Court fixed the September 3 to hear Shafie’s application to strike out the Originating Summons filed against him by Musa.
Justice Yew directed the parties to file their affidavits and submissions before August 13, 2018 and has reserved September 3 for her decision on Shafie’s striking out application.
In the event that Shafie’s striking out application is dismissed, the Court will fix a date upon which to hear Musa’s claim against both Tun Juhar and Datuk Shafie, Tengku Fuad Ahmad, lead Counsel for Musa, was quoted as saying.
Fuad, Suku Vanugopal and Christine Gloria Linus appeared for Musa while Datuk Douglas Lind appeared for Shafie. Tun Juhar was represented by the State Attorney-General’s Chambers.