Thursday, February 07, 2008

Former Chief Minister Sues Current Chief Minister

As far as I know, I think this is the first time happening in Malaysia.

Former Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat is suing the current Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Musa Aman for halting Ma Zu or Goddess of the Sea statue project in the northern Kudat district.

This is an interesting case, especially since Tan Sri Chong has been widely believed to have resigned due to his protest on this issue last year.

Now, the problem has turned from bad to worse.

Lets hope that the religious tolerance among all Malaysians would prevail.

For more info on this, read The Star

Full quotation of the article:-
Former Sabah chief minister sues successor


KOTA KINABALU: Former chief minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat is suing his successor Datuk Musa Aman and three others over the halted Ma Zu or Goddess of the Sea statue project in the northern Kudat district.

Chong, Kudat Thean Hou Charitable Foundation chairman, filed the suit through his lawyer Ansari Abdullah at the Kota Kinabalu High Court at about 10.25am Wednesday.

Others named as defendants in the suit were former State Secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa, the Permanent Secretary in the state Local Government and Housing Ministry Datu Ujang Selani and the Kudat Town Board.

Among others Chong sought to declare that Musa had abused his powers in issuing directives and orders to the other defendants with regards to the Ma Zu project.

He also asked the court’s declaration that a fatwa or religious decree by the State Mufti on the project was unconstitutional and infringed upon Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

This was the second such legal action filed by Chong of the Liberal Democratic Party over the stalled Ma Zu statue project. On Dec 12 last year, Chong sought to declare null and void the Kudat Town Board’s letter on Nov 17, 2007 withdrawing the Feb 8, 2006 approval for the construction of the 36m-high statue.

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