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Musa Aman withdraws appeal over Sabah CM post

Lawyer says the appeal has been overtaken by circumstances as a state election had been held and a new government formed.

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Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman has withdrawn his appeal in the Federal Court over his legal challenge to the legality of Shafie Apdal’s appointment to the post.

Former Tamparuli assemblyman [email protected] Jahim has also withdrawn his appeal on the same matter.

Jahid’s lawyer Firoz Hussein Ahmad Jamaluddin informed a three-member bench of the withdrawal of two appeals today.

In the court proceedings conducted online, Firoz said he had received instructions to withdraw the appeals as they had been overtaken by time and circumstances since an election had taken place in the state and a new government has been formed.

Court of Appeal president Rohana Yusuf who chaired the bench then struck out both appeals. She ordered Musa to pay RM60,000 in costs to Shafie and Jahid to pay RM20,000.

The other two judges were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Federal Court judge Mohd Zawawi Salleh.

On Aug 25 last year, Musa and Jahid obtained leave to pursue their appeals in the Federal Court over the right to the Sabah chief minister post after losing their cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

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