KOTA KINABALU – Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua has been denied entry into Sabah.
He was barred from entering the state and told to take the next flight back to Kuala Lumpur after landing at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport at about 12.45pm on Friday.
Pua, who is also DAP national publicity secretary, said he was not given any reason for being denied entry.
“The officials barring me from entering Sabah did not give me any reason, they just told me that this is an order by the state government,” he said when contacted.
Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong, who was with Pua until his return flight at 2pm, said the bar was uncalled for, adding that the Pua was an elected representative and had a democratic right to visit.
He, however, said Sabah DAP respected the state’s immigration rights, which were guaranteed in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Pua was supposed to attend several functions, including the launching of the Impian Sabah water projects in Keningau, Tenom and Sook as well as a forum on Saturday.
He was scheduled to return to Kuala Lumpur on May 1. – The Star Online