Shafie Apdal spins Special Branch issue, wrongly accuses blogger of mischief

Shafie likely lied by spinning the whole story to make it look as if he was the victim of slander or is ill informed of the goings on in media, his party and the country. Source (pic): TTF Files

An online portal quoting the office of Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal has alleged that a blogger was accused by the office of trying to pit Warisan against the Special Branch.

However, on the 11th of March 2019, Warisan vice-president Junz Wong reportedly told FMT that the Special Branch will not be allowed into any press conference if they were there uninvited.

“If they want to request for it, they should identify themselves and not pretend to be reporters,” he said.

That’s much worse than Shafie’s latest claim.


PETALING JAYA: An online portal quoting the office of Sabah Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal has alleged that a blogger was accused by the office of trying to pit Warisan against the Special Branch.

According to Malaysiakini (pic below), Shafie’s office stressed that the Sabah government has never issued any directive barring Special Branch officers from attending public events involving the chief minister.

Shafie should name the blogger. Source (pic): TTF (from Malaysiakini)

“The government has at no point barred SB officers from attending the chief minister’s public events and press conferences at such public venues,” it said.


“There is no such policy. Neither is there any instruction from the chief minister, nor is it the current government’s policy to prevent anyone from attending such press conferences, as after all, what is disclosed at the press conference is public information.

“It is therefore quite clear that the blogger conjured up this so-called ban to provoke or create bad blood between the government and the police.”

The blogger was never named.

However, to TTF’s knowledge, nobody had ever “conjured up the ban” or even implied that the office of the Sabah Chief Minister issued a directive barring Special Branch officers from attending public events involving the chief minister.

There was, however, a blogger who took Warisan vice-president Junz Wong to task and criticised the latter for barring the Special Branch from attending Warisan press conferences.

The blogger based his criticism on a Free Malaysia Today news report (see pic below) dated the 11thof March 2019 that read (in italic):

A Warisan senior leader confirmed that the party (note (TTF): it states party, not the office of the CM) has decided to bar Special Branch personnel from attending its press conferences.

Warisan vice-president Junz Wong told FMT today that the Special Branch will not be allowed into any press conference if they were there uninvited.

“If they want to request for it, they should identify themselves and not pretend to be reporters,” he said.

Junz, who is also the state agriculture and food industry minister, said it had been the norm in the past for the police to send their Special Branch personnel to cover government and opposition events. Under the present Warisan government, that practice was no longer in place.

The portal went on to quote Junz as saying that the Special Branch had “no reason, and no business to be at (Warisan) press conferences.”

Unless Junz can prove that FMT lied, it is clear that both he and Shafie are on different planets and that the former’s claim today that Special Branch officers can attend Warisan functions is a complete U-Turn from his previous stance that the SB had “no reason and no business to be at (Warisan) press conferences.”

And needless to say, Shafie, via his office, had either lied by spinning the whole story to make it look as if he was the victim of slander or is ill informed of the goings on in media, his party and the country.

Unless, of course, Shafie’s office has the tendency to issue statements without prior approval from the boss.

THE THIRD FORCE

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