Musa Aman

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Yang Amat Berhomat Datuk Seri Panglima
Musa Aman
MLA, SPDK, PGDK, DGSM, DA, JMN, JP
Sabah Chiefminister Musa-Aman-01.png
14th Chief Minister of Sabah
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 March 2003
Governor Juhar Mahiruddin
Deputy Joseph Pairin Kitingan
Raymond Tan Shu Kiah
Yahya Hussin
Preceded by Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat
Member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly
for Sungai Sibuga
Incumbent
Assumed office
1994
Personal details
Born (1951-03-30) 30 March 1951 (age 63)
Beaufort, British North Borneo
Political party UMNOBarisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Datin Seri Hajjah Faridah binti Haji Tussin
Children 3 sons and 1 daughter
Religion Islam
Website www.sabah.gov.my
This is a Malay name; the name Aman is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Musa.

Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Musa bin Haji Aman (born 30 March 1951), is the 14th and current Chief Minister of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. He is also the Sabah finance minister, the chairman of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) for Sabah and also the older brother of Dato' Seri Anifah Aman, Foreign Minister of Malaysia. Musa Aman is of Kadazan-Dusun descent.

Early life and education[edit]

Musa Aman received his primary education in St. Paul primary school, Beaufort, Sabah. He attended Sabah College in Kota Kinabalu and All Saints secondary school[1] for his secondary education. He pursue his tertiary education and received Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.[2]

Business[edit]

He was interested in the world of business since his primary school days. In 1973, he pursue his business interests in Sandakan. He later put Syarikat Musman Holdings Sdn Bhd under his stewardship.[1] He was the chairman for City Finance Berhad from 1983 until 1995. He later became the chief executive of Innoprise Corporation in 1995 and also the chairman for Sabah Softwood Berhad (under Innoprise Corporation) in the same year.[2]

Early political career[edit]

Datuk Musa's political career started on 8 March 1992, when he contested and won the Jambongan UMNO division chief's post (now known as Libaran division) and was appointed as Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) treasurer eight days later.

On 7 March 1995, a year after BN came to power in Sabah, Musa became the director of Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah), a Sabah statutory body.

In March 1999 he resigned as the Sabah Foundation Director to contest in the state elections and defend the Sungai Sibuga State Legislative Assembly seat, defeating Ramli Noordin of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) by 4034 majority votes, the highest majority among the 24 seats contested by UMNO.[1]

He moved up further in his political career when he was appointed Minister in the Chief Minister's Department under Datuk Osu Sukam in 1999.

On 27 March 2001, he became the Finance Minister in Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat's cabinet. On 28 September 2001, Musa replaced Osu Sukam as the Sabah UMNO Liaison Committee chairman, which paved the way for him to be the Chief Minister.[1]

Appointment as chief minister[edit]

He took over the post of chief minister from Chong Kah Kiat on 27 March 2003. His appointment as Chief Minister marks the end of the rotation system used in Sabah whereby the Chief Minister post is rotated every two years among the three main racial groups in Sabah: Christian Bumiputras, Muslim Bumiputras, and the ethnic Chinese.[3]

Economic policy[edit]

Soon after taking his oath of office as Chief Minister, Datuk Musa outlined his agenda for the state. He had set his priorities on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, putting them in what he calls the state's 'Halatuju' development framework, and supporting them by placing human resource development high on his agenda.[4]

To support the first pillar of his 'Halatuju' campaign, tourism, a commitment of RM1.4 billion in federal funds was secured towards the building of a new Kota Kinabalu airport terminal, which was completed in 2008, ahead of schedule. A part of the old Kota Kinabalu port with warehouse facilities dating back to the early 1900s was transformed into Jesselton Point, a modern port with a high-class ferry terminal and other facilities. Under Datuk Musa tourism registered significant growth; Tourist arrivals to Sabah grew from 1.25 million arrivals in 2003 to nearly 2.1 million arrivals in 2006. The growth justified a further capital input into the tourism sector, with over RM1 billion made available via Special Tourism Fund of RM400 million for small projects and RM700 million for larger projects.

To support the second pillar—agriculture—the state government broke new ground in combining agriculture and manufacturing sectors into one by promoting bio-agriculture. The establishment of Palm Oil Industrial Clusters (POIC) is an example of bio-agriculture that promises to move the state's agricultural products up the value chain in the commodity markets.

To support the third pillar, manufacturing, in 2006 a total of 92 manufacturing projects were granted approval in the state with a projected total investment value of RM4.9 billion.

Controversy[edit]

In April 2012, Musa Aman was linked to a timber corruption scandal as per the leaked Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) documents published by the website Sarawak Report. Musa was accused for having close relationship with Sabah timber trader Michael Chia, where the latter was detained in Hong Kong in 2008 for trying to smuggle S$16 million (RM40 million) to Musa.[5] Sarawak Report further revealed that Michael Chia was responsible for Musa's sons expenses in Australia. Dato' Seri Anifah Aman, brother of Musa Aman, was also accused for being a secret beneficiary of lucrative timber licenses. Abdul Gani Patail, the Malaysian Attorney-General who is close to Musa family, was alleged to have blocked the MACC investigation into this case.[6] However, Musa Aman denied his link with Michael Chia, while accusing Sarawak Report for defaming him.[7]

On 11 October 2012, in a written reply to the Parliament, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said Musa Aman has been cleared of the alleged RM40 million kickbacks for timber licences by the Attorney-General's Chambers as "the funds were contributions to the Sabah Umno liaison body and not for the personal use of the chief minister".[8] He also said that the Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Malaysian Attorney-General chamber has cleared Musa of corruption after the Malaysian MACC has provided information in this case.[9] The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, refused to disclose the source of the political donation but he insisted that the money was funded through legitimate channels.[10]

In response to the reply by Najib, Sarawak Report released another set of documents on 14 October which pointed the donors to Sabah and Sarawak timber tycoons.[11] On 22 October, Nazri said that Michael Chia was never arrested and the S$16 million was actually frozen in an investment account in Hong Kong. This money was later cleared to be transferred to Swiss bank.[12] As on 25 October, Hong Kong's ICAC refused to disclose any details regarding the probe which reportedly cleared Musa Aman from corruption charges.[13]

On 1 November, PKR leaders and Sarawak Report revealed that Nazri's son was given American Hummer H2 by Michael Chia back in March 2011. This revelation raises the possible questions of conflict of interest between Nazri and Michael Chia.[14][15] However, Nazri sees no problem with the ownership of the Hummer by his son. Nazri also said that he just merely read out the statement from MACC that has cleared Musa from corruption and he insisted that he has not influenced MACC in handling the Musa Aman case.[16]

In April 2013, Reuters validated that the documents released by Sarawak Report are indeed genuine. Two of the timber firms confirmed with Reuters that the money was transferred to secure the logging contracts. MACC officials also told Reuters that the documents are authentic and Musa Aman was the focus of the investigation.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biodata of Y.A.B. Datuk Musa Haji Aman Universiti Malaysia Sabah URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  2. ^ a b Biography of the chief minister of Sabah URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  3. ^ Musa Aman to replace Chong as Sabah CM Malaysiakini URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  4. ^ Halatuju – A master plan to bring development and progress to Sabah URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  5. ^ Malaysian Foreign Minister Named In MACC Investigation Into Sabah Timber Corruption – NATIONAL EXPOSE! Sarawak Report URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  6. ^ Sabah’s Smoking Gun! Bank Statements Show That Musa Aman’s Sons Accessed Dirty Money – National Exclusive! Sarawak Report URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  7. ^ Sabah CM denies link to timber graft scandal Malaysia Insider. URL assessed on 28 April 2012
  8. ^ Musa Aman cleared of graft The Sun Daily. URL assessed on 12 October 2012
  9. ^ HK dropped Musa’s case after MACC probe, says Nazri The Malaysian Insider. URL assessed on 23 October 2012
  10. ^ Najib says will not disclose source of Sabah Umno’s political donation The Malaysian Insider. URL assessed on 23 October 2012
  11. ^ MUSA’S SECRET DONORS -We Blow The Whistle On UMNO’s Sabah Kickbacks! The Malaysian Insider. URL assessed on 23 October 2012
  12. ^ Nazri: Michael Chia never arrested in HK with Sabah Umno cash The Malaysian Insider. URL assessed on 23 October 2012
  13. ^ RM40mil fiasco: Hong Kong's ICAC mum on probe Malaysiakini. URL assessed on 26 October 2012
  14. ^ Hummer shows Nazri-Chia links, say PKR sleuths Malaysiakini URL assessed on 4 November 2012
  15. ^ Monster Gift! – Michael Chia Handed Huge Hummer To Son Of ‘Friend’ Nazri Abdul Aziz EXCLUSIVE EXPOSE! Sarawak Report. URL assessed on 1 November 2012
  16. ^ Transcript: Why Nazri is not worried Malaysiakini URL assessed on 4 November 2012
  17. ^ "Insight: In Malaysia's election, a focus on rainforest graft". Reuters. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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Preceded by
Chong Kah Kiat
Chief Minister of Sabah
2003 – present
Incumbent