Warisan: SB officers welcomed, but identify yourself
Warisan has clarified that it was never its policy to ban police special branch personnel from their events.
Party vice-president Junz Wong, however, pointed out today that there have been "one or two" instances where SB officers were asked to leave because they were posing as journalists.
"We can't have people coming to an event claiming that they are journalists. It will be misleading," he said in a statement.
Wong said that there have been instances where SB officers would park themselves in seats allocated for the press.
Had these officers identified themselves, he added, seats would have been allocated for them.
"Some media have complained, but due to politeness, they do not ask the non-media person to leave.
"The genuine media practitioners end up standing or leaving the function," he said.
Wong also noted that there is nothing secret about Warisan press conferences.
On Sunday, a Free Malaysia Today report cited Wong as confirming that SB personnel were asked to leave a recent party event for posing as journalists.
In response, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said that he was shocked by the move, and stressed that SB officers "are not enemies of any party."