THE CROWDS WERE THERE CALLING OUT HIS NAME, SOME SABAHANS REALLY MISSED HIM; THEN IF SOME WHATSAPP MESSAGES WERE TO BE BELIEVED, THESE WERE THE USUAL UMNO RENT-A-CROWD PEOPLE GOING FOR RM200 PER HEAD!
COMMENT: He came, he saw but he didn’t conquer. Far from it.
Some even say it was a farcical act from a man who it seemed was never ill while he was in power, but after the he was ousted in the 14th general election (GE14), all sorts of woes befell him.
Sabah was all agog with the short trip home made by former chief minister, Musa Aman, after being away for three months seeking medical treatment abroad it seemed.
Coming down from a private jet with a walking stick at KKIA 2, he didn’t look too sick to most people.
Some cynics even said it was play acting on his part, what with a white beard and a dark moustache, it didn’t match and didn’t seem real.
The crowds were there calling out his name, some Sabahans really missed him; then if some whatsapp messages were to be believed, these were the usual UMNO rent-a-crowd people going for RM200 per head!
Was there a doctor coming down from the plane with him? Not sure. But, there was definitely a lawyer by his side, confirmed by those who are acquainted with him.
But nobody rushed Musa to hospital either if he was unwell; instead he was hurried straight to the State Assembly building to be sworn in as Sungai Sibuga assemblyman before the Speaker, Syed Abbas Ali.
All was done rather quickly; he had arrived at the venue at 1.25pm, made to wait a while as if some sort of negotiation was in play, and by 3.33pm, everything was sealed and delivered; thus, ending all speculation including he would not return from London where he had allegedly been receiving medical treatment, so it was claimed.
However, according to some observers, this quick swearing in allegedly didn’t quite follow certain established procedures.
Foremost in the mind, did Musa actually give official notice to the Speaker requesting for a date that he wished to be sworn in?
From what was known, an allegedly unofficial notice was sent to the Speaker upon arrival, though some say, Syed Abas, who is a Musa ally, had written to the ex chief minister and gave him two dates and times, but Musa was not taking his chances and went straight to be sworn in like it was pre planned.
If this was the case, then a bad precedent had been set which may give rise to future problems, as parliamentary practices and conventions had not been adhered to; this might even be the first case in the Commonwealth?
While Musa’s medical condition was the central issue and much speculated upon with the late swearing in for the past three months; was there a letter or report from Musa’s doctor explaining his medical condition made available to the Speaker?
It is a standard procedure, a medical certificate must be obtained to state the person’s condition that prevents him from going to work or attending court, and in this case to be given extra time to be sworn in as the Assemblyman. If not adhered to by Musa, the State Assembly has definitely created a bad precedent.
Political expediency was not supposed to override convention and established parliamentary practices. It is only right the Speaker should explain the real situation to the people.
While Musa might actually have a medical condition, unless there is a communique on the matter like how the Home Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin has done about his health issue; Sabah public will remain sceptical, unfortunately.
It did not help with a video that has gone viral showing Musa getting up after his press conference like any normal healthy person would without any help, least of all his walking stick!
This prompted more cynical comments like he had allegedly forgotten his script, thus, not being consistent with his play acting.
If Musa can’t carry out his duties, it is only right he should relinquish his Sungai Sibuga seat and allows for someone else to take over. As it stands, it shows irresponsibility on his part as his constituents need his service and attention.
His ego should not stand in the way, if he can’t deliver and is really unfit, the people can choose again.
Otherwise, you can’t stop people from saying Musa is in line for some kind of Oscar nomination!
There was even more drama the following day when he went to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to have his statement recorded on an old case that happened in 2008 and 2009.
Two hours into the question, Musa reportedly complained of chest pains and requested to be taken to a private hospital. The MACC people sent him to Institute Jantung Negara (IJN).
SAFA IS NOT A PLACE FOR EGO TRIPPERS OR FOR EXTRA POCKET MONEY, THE MENTALITY HAS BEEN THERE TOO LONG, IT IS TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO FACE NEW REALITIES. THOSE WHO CAN CHANGE THE FAS FORTUNES ARE UNFORTUNATELY NOT THERE
For our fans who eat and sleep football, they must be really happy to see the Rhinos doing well in the Malaysia Cup competition thus far.
Sabah made a return securing the quarter finals berth after defeating Perak State Development Corporation Football Club (PKNP FC) on Sunday.
The last time we were in the last eight was in 2011, after failing to qualify from 2012 to 2017.
While things look reasonably rosy on pitch, many fans know SAFA is the red, which is a common knowledge to those who follow local football.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
The newly elected President and his men have a big task ahead.
When former chief minister, Musa Aman ditched the FA in May, Yusof Kassim was the acting SAFA head honcho until he lost to Alijus Sipil who was elected as the new President during the SAFA Congress in August.
Can SAFA survive without the financial handouts as the GLCs that had been feeding them could withdraw their support?
Alijus has to come up with fresh ideas; nobody said it’s going to be easy.
The chief minister’s brother, Hamid was elected as the deputy President even though he had aligned with people who thought they could revive the ailing association.
The fact that he resigned soon after, spoke volumes of what’s happening in SAFA.
Politics in sports is our way of life here, nothing new of course.
The question that’s being asked is how’s that the representatives at the Congress didn’t vote for ex-players like James Wong or Yahya Kassim who had offered themselves to be office bearers?
Being well-known football personalities, they could inject new perspectives on how SAFA should go from being a mess, as they are definitely passionate about the direction of Sabah football.
It was hard to deny, some kind of interference had taken place during the Congress.
For the first time representatives from FAM attended the Congress, and its President released a press statement on the same day probably in an effort to influence the results.
The old political culture inherited from the previous regime is intact, it is never the best man for the job, it is what strings he can pull – that’s how Hamid won because of his connection to the chief minister.
It is tough going for SAFA, they have to be creative to find funds and they have to run the outfit professionally.
SAFA is not a place for ego trippers or for extra pocket money, the mentality has been there too long, it is time for the people to face new realities. Those who can change the FAs fortunes are unfortunately not there.
It’s a real shame if on pitch progress is torpedoed by poor management and glory seeking people.
The old way of doing things cannot work anymore; real leadership and bold vision must come into play.
We need the likes of James, Matlan Marjan, Zulfikar Ahmad, Scott Ollerenshaw, Yap Wai Loon – some of our star players to get into the act. Ollerenshaw and Wai Loon have settled down in Sabah while Matlan’s ban has been lifted.
Are these people up to it, without running to the government with a begging bowl?
Let’s see how long it takes before they press the panic buttons.