KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has never set any rule to prevent individuals, including Special Branch (SB) officers, from attending its press conferences, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic).
They are allowed to attend public press conferences held by the Chief Minister and other members of the state Cabinet, he said.
Shafie rubbished claims that he and his government had issued a directive to bar SB officers from government and Parti Warisan Sabah functions.
“The SB can come anytime to hear our speech and statements. Why should we stop them?” asked Shafie, who is Warisan president.
“You (journalists) are also members of the public. Whatever you write will come out in the papers the next day. The people would find out either way. So, what reasons do we have to be secretive?”
“Any decision to ban SB officers from attending our press conferences is unnecessary and not true,” he said at the Ramadan bazaar at Lintasan Deasoka here yesterday.
There had been reports that Warisan had decided to bar SB personnel from its press conferences.
Subsequently, Warisan vice-president Junz Wong said they could attend Warisan’s events but they should identify themselves first.