KOTA KINABALU: PKR vice-president Tian Chua was barred from entering Sabah for his own security and safety, the Office of Sabah State Affairs and Research in the Chief Minister's Department said.
Secretary Dr Moktar Ajam said the state government has never had any problems with Tian Chua being in Sabah prior to his remarks on the intrusion of Sulu militants into Lahad Datu as part of some political drama.
"However, in light of his remarks that has upset a lot of people in Malaysia including Sabah, we have cause to believe that his presence here may be a risk to his own personal safety and may possibly spark off public disturbance," he said in a statement.
"Tian Chua has been in and out of Sabah countless times.
"So have other PKR leaders like Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang, who are allowed to come here and move freely," he said.
"However, when you have an individual who has ignited anger among so many people, we must take precautions to avoid any untoward incident," he said.
Tian Chua, who arrived at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at 11.05am on Sunday was denied entry to Sabah.