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Monday, April 16, 2007

Musa Aman in dire need of support

He has principle...

KOTA KINABALU: In a show of support for Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, a large crowd of state BN component party leaders, state ministers and assistant ministers welcomed him at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport yesterday.

Musa was in Kuala Lumpur attending a two-day conference to improve the public service delivery system.

Among them were Parti Bersatu Sabah president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Yahya Hussein, Sabah MIC chief Datuk V. Jothi and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah deputy president Datuk Ellron Angin.

At a press conference on his arrival at the airport Musa said he is in no hurry to fill the post of deputy chief minister vacated by Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat.

He said Chong’s replacement could be any Barisan Nasional assemblyman, not necessarily from the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) where Chong is an adviser.

"We have time and when the time comes (to fill up the post), we will think it over.

"I will discuss the matter (vacancy) with my colleagues in the BN and Umno," Musa said

Chong, 59, who was also the tourism, culture and environment minister, tendered his resignation from the Sabah cabinet on Friday. His resignation takes effect tomorrow.

He had offered no reasons for his sudden decision to quit but the talk is that he had an uneasy working relationship with Musa.

Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Karim Bujang will temporarily oversee the running of the ministry.

"He (Karim Bujang) has the experience to manage the daily operations of the ministry for the time being," Musa said.

Tourism is one of the three main focus areas of the state’s development agenda, along with agriculture and manufacturing.

Musa, who said he had no problems with Chong, is prepared to meet him.

"If there is a need to (meet), I will call him."

Musa said it was not unusual for a cabinet member to quit, citing the example of Kalabakan assemblyman Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, who stepped down as deputy chief minister in 1999.

On Chong’s contention that he was resigning on a matter of principle, Musa said everyone, including himself and other BN leaders, had their principles.

Musa, who described his relationship with Chong as "very good", said they had no problems when discussing matters in the state cabinet.

Musa also said that BN’s preparation for the general election would not be affected by Chong’s resignation.

In a related development, LDP president Datuk V.K. Liew said the party would only make a statement on the issue after the meeting.

"We will let you know the outcome of our meeting with the BN leadership," he said after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting here.

The delegation will meet BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Musa.

Liew declined to comment on Musa’s statement that Chong’s replacement need not necessarily be from the LDP.

Chong’s resignation means that the LDP is no longer represented in the Sabah cabinet.

Besides Chong, the LDP’s two other state assemblymen are Datuk Wong Lien Tat (Karamunting) and Datuk Liew Yun Fah (Merotai) who are both vice-presidents of the party.

Meanwhile, Chong has applied for leave and would not be attending the state assembly meeting tomorrow.

(Source: NST 15/4/2007)

Related news:

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No rush to fill DCM vacancy, says Musa

Deputy CM Chong quits Sabah Cabinet

Chong: saya tidak berharga langsung...

Sabah DCM quits

It’s a matter of principle

PM (not a surprise) accepts Chong's decision

But, NST 14/4/07 reported, Move by Chong a surprise to fellow BN colleagues

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