From left, Mike Lin, Kuching MoCS Coordinator, Francis Paul Siah and Dr Jacqueline Kueh, Sarawak MoCS Coordinator
KUCHING: The state government must not abuse its position by barring Pakatan Harapan leaders from Peninular Malaysia from entering Sarawak, said the Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) today.
MoCS’ leader Francis Paul Siah said that while the state’s immigration autonomy must be protected, it should not however be abused by the Chief Minister’s Office with action taken along partisan party lines.
Siah added that that a recent example of this abuse was the case of Amanah president Mohamad Sabu who was denied entry 10 days ago, while PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang was allowed into Sarawak last Sunday.
“To MoCS, this is a clear reflection of the lack of moral courage in leadership and partisanship in governing, displayed by the Abang Johari administration.
“However, we are happy to note that DAP national advisor Lim Kit Siang made his appearance in Kuching last night,” he said in a press conference here.
Also present were Kuching MoCS coordinator Mike Lim and Dr Jacqueline Kueh, Sarawak MoCS coordinator.
Siah also noted that in the past prominent Pakatan leaders such as Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, parliamentarians Nurul Izzah Anwar, Teresa Kok, Zuraidah Kamaruddin and Tian Chua, among others, had been denied entry into Sarawak.
Likewise, in 2016, Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh was barred although her visit to the state was to attend a Christian fellowship in Sarawak.
“These are cases of blatant abuse of the state’s immigration autonomy.”
Siah said Sarawakians would surely support the chief minister if he barred extremists and bigots from entering the state but certainly not elected representatives from the opposition.
“We are on the eve of a very important general election. MoCS feels that for a free and fair election to take place, all citizens should be empowered with information from both sides.
“They must be allowed to hear and understand the policies and promises from all contesting parties in order to come to a rational and informed decision to vote.”