I HAVE been an annoyed Sarawakian for the last couple of days.
I don’t like it when any of Sarawak’s rights are questioned, particularly when it comes to immigration.
Under the 18-point agreement for the formation of Malaysia, immigration comes under the control of our great State.
This was something our wise forefathers did to protect our Sarawakian way of life.
So for some from outside our great State to rise up and tell us how to wield this power, which is part of our autonomy, is rather offensive.
Just in case you didn’t know, autonomy is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “freedom from external control or influence; independence”. That’s right, immigration is up to Sarawak.
Our great State has every right, without external control or influence, to deny entry to outsiders.
You may ask what was the big deal about Nurul Izzah Anwar enjoying a nice meal and taking selfies with ‘Princess’ Jacel Kiram in the Philippines.
Let me remind you that during the Sulu invasion of Sabah in 2013, Jacel held press conferences saying that the Sulus were merely ‘reclaiming’ their ‘ancestral territory’.
Yes, Jacel was claiming the invasion was justified because Sabah ‘belongs’ to them.
Ask yourselves Sarawakians, how you would feel if some outsider came in and claimed our great State belonged to them?
Let’s not forget that blood was shed to defend Sabah from the invaders. We Sarawakians understand completely the feelings of our Sabahan brothers and sisters. We Bornean states will always have each other’s backs.
How could being buddies with someone like Jacel not be a big deal? How could anyone be so insensitive to the feelings of Sabahans to even try to defend the callous act?
Perhaps Nurul Izzah felt it was her right to get international support for her cause.
Well, guess what? It is SARAWAK’S RIGHT to defend our shores as we see fit.
It is our right to defend our Sarawakian way of life and we must do all we can to ensure no one can ever change that.
The Bernama story:
Coalition of pro-BN NGOs back Sarawak’s ban on Nurul Izzah
KOTA KINABALU, Dec 7 — The Coalition of pro-Barisan Nasional non-governmental organisations (Pro-BN NGO) have declared their support for the Sarawak government’s ban on Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah Anwar from entering the state.
Its president Zulkarnain Mahdar said this was in line with the state’s power of autonomy to bar any individual who could be a threat to it.
“Sarawak also understands the feelings of the people of Sabah over the issue of Nurul Izzah’s meeting with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of Jamalul Kiram who was responsible for the incursion incident in Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu,” he said in a statement, here, today.
Zulkarnain said the people of Sarawak were also sad over the death of one of the victims in the incident, Special Branch officer ASP Michael Padel, who was from Sarawak.
He said Jacel was continuing her father’s efforts in the campaign to claim Sabah in order to become a senator in one of the districts in the Philippines.
Yesterday, Nurul Izzah was barred from entering Sarawak immediately after she arrived at the Kuching International Airport at about 4pm.
Nurul Izzah, who is also a PKR vice-president, arrived on flight AK5120 and later returned to Kuala Lumpur on flight AK5211. — Bernama