president Nurul Izzah Anwar from entering the state on Thursday as her presence could affect the peace and security in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said in a statement issued late Saturday that the government has had no
problems with opposition figures entering the state as evident in the
run-up to the recent general election.
He said Sabah also
welcomed those who "respect a civil society, whereby there is law and
order to uphold the prevailing peace and harmony."
we have reason to believe that your presence here will pose a threat to
these ideals that Sabah has enjoyed all these while, you are not
welcomed here," the statement said.
"We have reason to believe
that Nurul Izzah's intentions to come to Sabah this time round may not
be as innocent as she or her fellow opposition members make it out to
be," Musa said.
Nurul Izzah was barred from entering Sabah upon her arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Thursday.
PKR deputy secretary general Darrel Leiking
who had been waiting for Nurul Izzah at the airport had said her one
day trip was to among others attend the state level Kaamatan or Harvest
Festival at the Hongkod Koisaan.
Musa said Sabah's doors were
always open to those who wanted to see and embrace its ethnic and
cultural diversities as well as participate in the state's festivities.
He said contrary to what was being spread in the social media, the ban on Nurul Izzah was not politically-motivated.
"Other opposition leaders have come and moved freely throughout Sabah
especially in the run-up to the elections. They spread the same old
recipe of lies, deceit and slander to hoodwink the people. We didn't
stop them," he said.
"Now that the elections are over, their
leader refuses to accept the verdict. It is a case of sour grapes and
ungentlemanly conduct. He wants to rile up the masses to rally
throughout the country to show his discontent," he said.
said Sabah and its people do not need the endless propaganda by the
opposition to incite hatred and mistrust among the people against the
Barisan Nasional government.
"Enough is enough. We need to move
on. The opposition has been politicking for the last 5 years. Are we
going to be bogged down by more politicking in the next five?
"There's work to be done. The country needs to be administrated, the
economy needs to grow and the people's welfare taken care of," he said.