KUCHING, Apr 16 – DAP secretary-general, who is also Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng and Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow was allowed through Sarawak immigration this morning, despite expecting blocks from the state’s immigration authorities.
Lim had yesterday gave an advance notice to the state immigration before travelling to Sarawak. He departed from Penang on AirAsia Flight AK5432 and arrived in Kuching Airport at 9.10am. But the Lim continued to express unhappiness, pointing out on Twitter that others from his top party colleagues were barred from entering the state.
“@chowkonyeow n me safely through Swk Immigratn 2day but no difference if so many DAP generals barred. No fair contest,” he wrote his Twitter account and a photograph of himself and Chow at the Kuching airport were post with tagging state exco member Chow in the post.
Penang state exco members Dato’ Abdul Malik Kassim and Dr. Afif Bahardin were also prohibited from entering early this week. This includes DAP’s Anthony Loke, Teresa Kok, Tony Pua, Teo Nie Ching, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar, Chua Tian Chang, Shamsul Iskandar, Zuraida Kamaruddin, Sim Sze Tsin and Amanah’s Mohamad Sabu.
Lim said 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. Despite criticism over the travel ban on opposition leaders, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem recently insisted that the ban was justified.
He said the travel ban imposed on some opposition figures was only temporary, adding that he had a duty to protect the interests of Sarawak from unsavoury elements, whether political or otherwise. Nominations for Sarawak’s 11th state elections has been set for April 25 while polling will take place on May 7.