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No Special Branch officers ban at press conferences – CM

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Shafie handing out Maggie brand bubur lambuk to folks in front of the City Hall building on Thursday.

17th May, 2019

By JONATHAN NICHOLAS

KOTA KINABALU: There are no standard ruling procedures set by the government nor the Chief Minister on the ban of Special Branch officers during press conferences.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said if anyone states otherwise, it must have not come from an authoritative source.

“It is pointless to stop Special Branch officers from joining in government events as all information will be made public the next day.”

Recounting his days in Kuala Lumpur, he said even then such disallowances were unheard of.

“Even MalaysiaKini or Malaysian Insight can come and cover the events,” he said during a press conference at City Hall yesterday where about one thousand Maggie brand bubur lambuk (porridge) were distributed to folks buying food at the Ramadan Bazaar at Lintasan Deasoka here.

After taking a round and buying some of the food himself, he encouraged those who are willing to go out and sell their delicacies as means of additional income, saying he has approached the state government to come up with a special aid for these part-time business owners.

On the topic of finding a replacement to fill the position of Sabah People’s Health and Wellbeing Minister, left vacant by the sudden passing of the late Datuk Stephen Wong Thien Fatt, Shafie said a special announcement would be arranged today (Friday).

Meanwhile, when asked if Sabah civil servants could expect a bonus for this year’s Hari Raya, he simply replied with a coy smile coupled with a reserved head shake.

   
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