Warisan – Special Branch rift created by blogger

Warisan – Special Branch rift created by blogger

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s office has accused a blogger of attempting to create a rift between the Special Branch and his party, Warisan as there was no directive to bar SB operatives from attending public events.

“The government has at no point barred SB officers from attending the chief minister’s public events and press conferences at such public venues,” it said.

“There is no such policy. Neither is there any instruction from the chief minister, nor is it the current government’s policy to prevent anyone from attending such press conferences, as after all, what is disclosed at the press conference is public information.

“It is therefore quite clear that the blogger conjured up this so-called ban to provoke or create bad blood between the government and the police.”

Shafie’s office noted that the matter was first raised by a news portal based on “hearsay spread by the blogger, known to have personal agenda and motives.”

As with the blogger, the news portal was also left unnamed in the statement.

The issue rose last Saturday after Warisan vice president Junz Wong announced that SB operatives would be turned away if they attend party events while claiming to be journalists.

Media reports also quoted an SB officer saying that his colleagues had been blocked on several occasions from attending press conferences involving Warisan leaders, including those attended by the chief minister.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador was shocked and reminded the powers that be that it was an offence punishable by law to prevent police work.

Following that Wong clarified that while it is not Warisan policy to bar police from its events.

On that note he also acknowledged that there had been “one or two” instances where SB officers were asked to leave as they posed as journalists, depriving real media personnel of seats.

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