Former Sabah chief minister once on the receiving end of 46 criminal charges linked to timber concessions contract is looking to return to his seat as chief minister with a coalition of elected representatives from Sabah Umno, PPBM, STAR, PBS, PKR, DAP, Warisan and Upko. Values? Clearly some in the opposition have never heard of them.
The charges against Musa were dropped when deputy public prosecutor Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid withdrew all the corruption and money-laundering charges against the chief.
“The prosecution is withdrawing all charges in both (corruption and money-laundering) cases,” he said.
So let me get this straight, all 46 charges were just DROPPED and not prosecuted at all? All the investigations and work put in to bring this ELECTED official to account for his actions all just gone to waste? Pathetic.
Musa, 69 (technically a senior citizen now) is Sungai Sibuga assemblyman who was first brought to court on Nov 5, 2018 to face corruption charges and the next year, he was charged with 16 counts of money laundering.
On the 30 counts of corruption, Musa in his capacity as Sabah chief minister and Sabah Foundation Board of Trustees chairman, allegedly received US$50.1 million from eight logging concessionaires as an inducement to approve logging concessions to 16 companies.
The charges are under Section 11 (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 and carries a maximum 20 years’ jail and fine of not less than five times the amount or value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.
On the 16 money laundering charges, Musa allegedly conspired with Richard Christopher Barnes to open an account at a Singaporean bank, through which he intended to receive proceeds from illegal activities.
Musa also faces charges of concealment.
Also, Musa allegedly received US$37,845,491.60 in proceeds from illegal activities from several individuals through an account under Barnes’ name.
If that wasn’t enough, he allegedly received S$2.5 million in proceeds from illegal activities, through the same account.
Oh did we forget to mention, Musa’s son and Sipitang MP, Yamani Hafez Musa was appointed Felcra Bhd chairman effective yesterday?
He replaced the previous minister who conveniently got a job in the Prime Minister’s Department on July 6. It’s great that there’s a happy ending for everyone then. Everyone wins except Rule Of Law and the Rakyat. Nepotism for the win!
Today, Musa announced he has a simple majority to form a new state government after securing enough support from Sabah assemblymen. aMaZinG
“The next step is to meet the Sabah governor and hand him the statutory declarations from the assemblymen,” Musa said at a press conference here.
Sources had said that 14 to 16 assemblymen from the ruling coalition would switch camps, leaving the opposition, which now has 20 assemblymen, enough seats to form a new state government. There are 65 seats in the state assembly.
The present government, led by Chief Minister Shafie Apdal, has been in power for 27 months.
The purported change in the state government gained pace after the fall of the PH federal government to Perikatan Nasional (PN) in February.
Musa was reported to have said he had received statutory declarations from the assemblymen backing the new coalition that he would lead.
The former chief minister said the new state government, if successfully established, would come up with a better policy to free Sabah from the existing economic situation due to the Warisan-led government. HAHAHAHAHAHHA. Please see above for why I am laughing. I honestly do not know how he says these things with a straight face.
PKR will take action against the Sabah PKR vice-chief Kenny Chua for supporting Musa in forming a new state government.
“Strict action will be taken,” PKR information chief Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin told Free Malaysia Today.
Chua was amongst those who attended Musa’s press conference yesterday to announce that he had a simple majority to form a new Sabah government.
You know many military wars come and go but the struggle against greed and nepotism will exist in perpetuity.