LET’S get this straight again. Immigration is one of Sarawak’s rights and it is enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement.
So to have a Malaya chief minister slamming our Great State’s use of our rights really makes my blood boil.
While our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem is fighting to regain Sarawak’s rights through negotiations for autonomy, which have already begun to bear fruit, opposition leaders from Malaya are trying to take what rights we still have away! The nerve!
And Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guang Eng said this at a press conference in Kuching yesterday. Yes Kuching. Both he and his father Lim Kit Siang as well as DAP vice-chairman Chow Kon Yeow entered our State without facing any entry ban and yet had the nerve to criticise Sarawak!
If he didn’t notice, Red-shirt rally organiser and Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos was also stopped from entering the State.
The State has also put the infamous Ibrahim Ali and Ridhuan Tee on the immigration blacklist.
So Lim Guan Eng wants to take our right to do so away? Please attend to matters in the state that you’re in charge of. Get your own house in order and don’t tell Sarawakians what to do.
Thankfully we have our CM championing the rights of Sarawakians. Let’s make sure Team Adenan is empowered to keep defending our Sarawakian way of life.
The report from The Borneo Post:
Guan Eng slams state’s use of immigration powers
KUCHING: Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has slammed the state government for using its immigration powers to stop some opposition leaders from entering Sarawak.
Lim said the move is ‘undemocratic’ and causing a ‘non-level playing field’ for the state election.
“I am disappointed that many of our generals are barred from entering Sarawak. This is not a level playing field,” he told a press conference yesterday.
Lim had arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) as scheduled at 9am together with DAP national vice-chairman Chow Kon Yeow without facing any entry ban.
His father, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, was also allowed to enter the state on Friday.
“There are about 10 DAP names in the blacklist. We don’t know if the number will increase after nomination day. If there is no easing of the restriction, we will announce measures to protest against the undemocratic banning. We will leave the matter to the state DAP,” Lim said.
Lim and Chow attended a DAP programme in Serian before returning to Penang last night.
On Friday the state did not allow DAP leader Anthony Loke to enter, while Teo Nie Ching was stopped from entering on April 8.
On Thursday, Red-shirt rally organiser and Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos was also refused entry into the state.
Immigration is one of Sarawak’s rights, which is enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
The report from malaysiakini:
‘Red shirt’ Jamal latest to be barred from Sarawak
Umno man Jamal Md Yunos is the latest to be sent packing from a Sarawak airport, after being barred from entering the state.
He is to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 4pm.
The Sungai Besar Umno division chief is believed to be the first Umno leader to be barred ahead of the Sarawak election on May 7.
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem defended the immigration ban by saying he is safeguarding state harmony.
Jamal last year led the ethnically-charged Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu, popularly known as the red-shirts rally, which saw protestors breaching police lines to storm Petaling Street, a traditional ethnic Chinese trading area.
Sarawak has immigration rights, according to the 1963 Malaysia Agreement.
Opposition lawmakers have contended that travellers engaged in legitimate political activities allowed under Section 66 and 67 of the Immigration Act and are considering taking legal action.
The state Immigration Department had declined to reveal the full list of those barred from entering the state.
“We would indulgently advise that if you feel you might be an undesirable person in Sarawak, you should not come,” said Sarawak immigration director Ken Leben.