KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s doors are always open to those who respect the prevailing unity, peace and harmony, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said.
He added, however, that Sabah did not welcome individuals who were bent on sowing disunity.
“If your presence here is to cause a disturbance and a threat to the peace and harmony we have enjoyed all this while, you are not welcome here,” he said, when commenting on the Sabah Immigration Department’s decision to bar Seputeh MP Teresa Kok from entering the state.
He added that the Opposition used political tactics and propaganda to mislead people in an attempt to garner support.
“They go to the rural areas to hoodwink the people and incite hatred against the Government and cause disunity among the different races.
“This is dangerous and we don’t want this in Sabah,” he said, adding that Sabah’s strength was its racial harmony.
“It is our strength and we won’t allow anyone to change this. It’s the duty of the state government to ensure outsiders do not have the opportunity to preach hatred and divisiveness among the multi-ethnic and multi-religious Sabahans,” he said.
Kok was prevented from entering Sabah upon her arrival in Sandakan on Wednesday, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur.