SHADY AS ALWAYS, MUSA AMAN IN HIS ELEMENT IN SABAH’S POLITICAL ‘NOWHERE LAND’ – DOMINATED BY FELLOW SHARKS & CROCODILES: DESPITE BEING DUMPED ON NOMINATION DAY, EX-CM IN DEMAND BY UMNO, BN, PN, GRS TO HELP THEM CAMPAIGN – EVEN AS HE STUMPS FOR ‘FRIEND’ PBS BUT REFUSES TO REVEAL WHERE HIS ‘LOYALTY’ REALLY LIES

Come campaign for Barisan in Libaran, Bung Moktar tells Musa after ex-CM bats for allies

PITAS — Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Bung Moktar Radin hopes his predecessor Tan Sri Musa Aman will join the Umno campaign trail and show as much enthusiastic support for its Libaran candidate as he did for their Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) partners in the state election.

Bung Moktar, who is leading the BN election campaign commended former Sabah chief minister Musa for stumping for allies Parti Pribumi Bersatu Sabah (Bersatu) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) despite being excluded as a candidate this time round.

Bung Moktar said he received word that Musa will be heading to Libaran, which is situated on the Sabah east coast nearer Sandakan, the biggest city in the north Borneo state after Kota Kinabalu.

Subsequent to the announcement of the state election, Musa took to Facebook to announce he would run for the new Sungai Manila seat. His announcement appeared premature when his name was left out of the BN candidate line-up for Election 2020.

Bung Moktar claimed he had not received an application to contest from Musa prior to the candidate announcement.

Musa has kept a low profile after that, but surprised many when he appeared in Beaufort yesterday at a function attended by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Bersatu president.

Today, Musa appeared in Tuaran and urged voters to support the GRS aligned candidates in Kiulu and Tamparuli, where PBS is contesting.

However, the former chief minister from 2003 to 2018 demurred when asked which party he is now supporting.

Musa stumps for ‘friend’ and PBS candidate Joniston in Kiulu, keeps mum on where loyalty lies

TAMPARULI — Former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman for the second day in a row has come out to campaign for Opposition candidates, urging Sabahans to cast their votes for candidates aligned with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN).

Refusing to declare where his allegiances actually stand, Musa, when speaking after Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Datuk Joniston Bangkuai’s campaign, explained that he came out to stump for a ‘good friend’ while taking the opportunity to persuade Sabahans to side with the Opposition and oust Warisan Plus and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

“Other than that, it is important for us Sabahans to vote for candidates from BN, PN and its friends so that we can change the current Warisan government,” he said.

“I know I have not come out often, and I haven’t spoken in a while, but when it is my friends who are concerned, I have to come out and help them,” he said.

Musa also said the PBS candidate was a representative that never shied away from voicing his opinions whenever it went against his beliefs, pointing out such qualities are imperative as a leader.

“That’s why we need to vote in a leader who has done justice to the people, respects them, and is caring towards his voters.

“We have to vote for a hero of Kiulu, a person of Kiulu, and there is no one else besides Datuk Joniston; plus he is also handsome and looks sharp,” said Musa triggering applause from the 50-odd people in the crowd.

Musa also managed to take a swipe at Shafie and the condemnation the latter directed towards him in his campaign speeches, saying he can never understand the caretaker’s obsession with him.

“I am actually surprised, it is as though the chief minister is afraid of my shadow, but what am I to him, I am not even a candidate, nor the CM; I have no position.

“Why is he scared of me?

“There are some who say that Shafie Apdal, will envision my face moment he wakes up; but am I that ugly? I don’t think I am as ugly as they make me out to be,” he said to resounding laughter from the crowd.

Musa added that all he had for Shafie was advice, for him to focus on his duty as the chief minister and set in motion a plan that aims to develop and improve the conditions and livelihood of Sabahans.

“Why does he want to be sour with me?

“My advice for Shafie; do your job, and plan for Sabah so that the state does well and that the people are prosperous,” he said.

Musa, incumbent at the Sungai Sibuga state seat, is not contesting in next week’s poll amid rife speculation over his ties with BN outfit Umno.

The Election Commission has set Sept 26 for polling, with 1.1 million Sabahans set to cast their votes in the 16th state election.

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