He asked the Sabah state administration to give a solid reason for the move he had last night described as a “big mistake” and a “disaster”.
“Why I tweeted support Nurul Izzah? Because I see there’s no need to block her from Sabah, because she is not a threat,” the Umno supreme council member said today after the attending the Umno supreme council meeting here.
“If purposely menahan (blocked) , it is a move that is not relevant, I think that certain quarters that made the ban have to retract,” he added.
Last night, Bung Moktar had said that there was a need to rectify the move.
“I believe this is a big mistake… and it needs to be corrected,” he had tweeted on his @MyKinabatangan Twitter handle, tagging Nurul Izzah and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in his tweet yesterday.
“I don’t understand why Nurul was not allowed to enter Sabah. If it’s true, then this is a mistake and a disaster,” added the Umno supreme council member.
Yesterday, Nurul Izzah was denied entry into Sabah upon arriving in Kota Kinabalu to celebrate Pesta Kaamatan, or the Harvest Festival, in her personal capacity.
Today, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman refused to comment Nurul Izzah’s deportation from the east Malaysian state yesterday.
Musa rushed to his car instead when approached by reporters at Umno’s headquarters in the Putra World Trade Centre here today.
Although the Sabah government has the statutory right to decide who enters the state, the country’s three professional bodies for lawyers the Sabah Law Association, the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak and the Malaysian Bar - reminded the state government to “cease and desist” its ambiguous blacklisting of Malaysians without good reason.
“By deploying this drastic measure, the Sabah state government is flouting the guarantee of freedom of movement that is enshrined in Article 9 of the Federal Constitution, which provides that ‘every citizen has the right to move freely throughout the Federation’,” they said in a joint statement earlier today.