By: JOE FERNANDEZ
FORMER Sabah Chief Minister, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat wants to leave the fate of the aborted Mazu, Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat in the hands of the people.
The million ringgit question whether the erection of statue will still go ahead lies unanswered.
“Let the people decide whether they want the Mazu statue to be up or otherwise,” said Chong. “I will accept whatever decision they make. For my part, I have done no wrong in putting up the statue.”
“Someone, either a court, a government body or an arbitrator has to decide on the erection of the Mazu statue. All of them don’t want to get involved,” he stressed.
“So far, no court has ruled that Mazu was illegal. So, now it’s up to the people to decide Mazu’s fate.”
He has however reluctantly resigned himself to the fact that the courts in Malaysia don’t want to get involved in his dispute with the Sabah state government.
“The Federal Court had not only deprived me of the legal avenue to seek redress but also denied itself the opportunity to hear out an aggrieved party,” lamented Chong.