Tuesday, April 9, 2013
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang said today that being barred from entering Sabah for his own safety was akin to being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for his own protection.Dr Moktar Ajam, secretary of the Sabah State Affairs and Research Office in the Chief Minister’s Department, as saying today that Chua (picture), better known as Tian Chua, was barred from entering the Borneo state for his own safety.
“It’s ridiculous, like putting people under ISA for their safety,” said Chua at a press conference at the PKR headquarters here.
Moktar was quoted as saying that Chua’s remarks on the Sulu incursion in Sabah had “upset a lot of people.”
Chua, who is also the Batu MP, was deported from Sabah last Sunday shortly after arriving in Kota Kinabalu.
Chua was charged with sedition last month for allegedly stating that the gunfights with the Sulu militants in Lahad Datu were believed to be a planned conspiracy by the Umno government to divert people’s attention and to frighten them, besides raising doubts over the Umno government’s “wayang mainan” (shadow play).
Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the ISA in 2008 purportedly for her own protection, according to then Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.