KOTA KINABALU: Rumour that former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman would be returning to power this month was proven to be just a ploy to confuse the people.
“The Federal Court had set Aug 26 only to hear whether to allow Musa’s application (for leave to appeal against the lower court’s decision to dismiss his case) ,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau, in a statement here.
“If the court rejects the application, then it will finish there.
“We have heard of these rumours that Musa will come back end of June and that the state government will fall but they are all just the opposition’s tactics in Sabah to cause political instability.”
Tangau, who is also Upko president, said this in his speech during a visit to the party’s Kuala Penyu division yesterday.
During the visit, he rallied Upko’s Kuala Penyu members to remain strong and united in continuing the party’s struggles despite the departure of Kuala Penyu assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury from the party and the ruling government.
He was confident that Limus’ leaving has not deterred the members’ spirit and commitment in serving the people in the constituency.
He added the state government led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is still solid although Limus and another Upko leader – Sugut assemblyman Datuk James Ratib – decided to quit the Warisan Plus state coalition.
Towards this end, the Tuaran MP praised Upko Secretary-General Nelson W Angang, who is the party’s acting Beaufort division chairman, for steering the ship in Limus’ absence.
“Support here is continuing to grow despite having to make minor changes to the leadership structure.
“Congratulations to Nelson on the appointment. He also has a strong backing from the Upko Beaufort committee members – this proves our members have faith in our struggles,” Tangau said.
Towards this end, he said the party needs to prepare for the eventuality of snap polls.
“We will make sure Kuala Penyu continues to belong to Upko,” he said.
In the event, Tangau also accepted 38 new membership applications.