KOTA KINABALU, Nov 7 – Only 10 passes have been provided for the media to cover the much-awaited ruling on the dispute over the Sabah chief ministership at the High Court here, today.
Journalists representing local and national media have expressed unhappiness over the limited number of passes.
It is learnt that the rest of the passes were allocated for representatives or supporters from opposition and government, including ministers.
Journalists have also argued with the court personnel in-charge to no avail.
Meanwhile, security at the court complex here has been tightened as supporters of Tan Sri Musa Aman and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal turned up ahead of the High Court ruling on the claim over the Sabah chief minister’s post.
Police have put up a block at the main gate into the court complex for security screening.
The court security has also opened up registration for those wishing to attend the court hearing, scheduled at 2.30pm.
Musa had in June filed a summons with affidavit support against Shafie and Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin relating to the appointment of the chief minister.
The summons, among others, aims to seek a declaration that Musa is the rightful chief minister according to law, besides claiming the swearing in of Shafie as chief minister by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri was unconstitutional and illegal.
After the 14th general election, Musa was sworn in as chief minister before Juhar on May 10 after Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku formed working ties with Sabah BN.
Two days later, Shafie took over after being sworn in before Juhar. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd