KOTA KINABALU: A lawyer has clarified that as alleged by some quarters, a peninsular-based lawyer who appeared for former Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and for the state government over the dispute over the dissolution of the state assembly did not pay exorbitant legal fees.
In a statement, lawyer Chung Jiun Dau said, “Cyrus Das has issued an invoice for his professional services. It is based on his professional rates and is far below what was alleged.”
In reaction to viral messages of allegations that Das was paid RM3 million to represent Shafie and the state government in the Court of Appeal, Chung, who was the solicitor instructing Das, said this.
While an invoice had been sent, the lawyer said the state government had yet to pay the fees.
“Therefore it is evident that the viral message is being spread with mischievous intent and is clearly false and dishonest,” he said.
The Sabah governor was represented by State Attorney General Brenndon Keith Soo, while Chung and Das appeared for Shafie and the state government.
A representative of the ousted Warisan-led government yesterday also denied claims that Das was paid RM3 million. While Soh earned an RM60,000 monthly wage.
Moreover, Warisan vice-president Jaujan Sambakong, describing the argument as outlandish. He urged the public to be more discerning and not be fooled by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)-friendly bloggers.