GEORGE TOWN, April 15 – DAP secretary- general Lim Guan Eng has urged the Sarawak state government to allow the party’s members of parliament, assemblymen and leaders to enter the state. Lim said he had written a letter on the matter to Sarawak chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem on Tuesday Apr 12 with regards to banning of people entering Sarawak but has so far not received any response from the state government.
He claimed that although he support Sarawak power over the Immigration entry points, but not in this way to ban certain individuals from entering the state was an abuse of power. He said he wish to stress that the DAP supports Sarawak’s leadership move in preventing anyone undesirable from entering the state but not when it applies only to the opposition leaders and not leaders from the Barisan Nasional. He said this at a press conference here today.
Yesterday, Malay non-governmental organisations coalition chairman Datuk Jamal Md Yunus who is also Sungai Besar UMNO division chief, along with three other individuals were stopped from entering the state upon arrival at Kuching International Airport immigration counter at 11.30am.
Gerakan Memartabatkan Pejuang Negara president, Major (Rtd) Razali Zakaria, Eratkan Perhubungan Antara Negeri Cetuskan Organisasi (EPANCO) president, Ariffin Abu Bakar, Klang Malay Welfare Association president, Rahim Ibrahim Penang state exco members Dato’ Abdul Malik Kassim and Dr. Afif Bahardin were also prohibited from entering.
“I and Penang DAP chairman who is also a state executive council member, Chow Kon Yeow, would be leaving for Kuching tomorrow morning. We will just wait and see if we will be allowed in or not. Although the power vested in the CM of Sarawak to deny entry, Adenan’s action is worse than the previous CM. Previous CM did not ban people from entering Sarawak but Adenan behaves in worse manner which is completely unacceptable,” Lim said.