Sunday, June 2, 2013

We stopped Nurul Izzah for Sabah's peace and security, says Musa Aman

The Sabah government banned PKR vice-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."

"However if 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.

Musa 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.

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