Thursday, 18 Jun 2020 03: 40 PM MYT
BY JULIA CHAN
KOTA KINABALU, June 18– Sabah Facilities Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony will not be asked to take a leave of absence while he deals with court charges for cash laundering and abetting.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that the Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president was innocent till tested guilty and should continue with his tasks of bringing development to Sabah.
” Why should I, until he’s tested guilty?” he said when asked whether Anthony would be asked to take leave pending the court decision.
Shafie indicated that the charges were politically motivated and had actually previously questioned the coincidental timing of Anthony’s charge and the release of previous primary minister Tan Sri Musa Aman from 46 counts of corruption-related charges recently.
” This is the issue now. If we support the federal government, you get away. If you fight them and assist Sabah, you are jailed,” he said.
Anthony was today gave court for the second time in a week where he was charged with abetting in a questionable RM15,545,400 Risda land deal in between July 22,2014 and November 19, 2015.
The Melalap assemblyman, who also deals with 5 counts of cash laundering amounting to RM8.75 million, pleaded not guilty to abetting Micheal Persius Ubu, the attorney worked with by Risda to translucent the purchase of a plot of land in Tongod, in interior Sabah.
The trial is repaired for August 4.