The Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim today became another civil activist denied entry into Sarawak "on orders from above".
Malaysiakini was first alerted about the matter from a tweet by Fahmi Fadzil, the political secretary to Pantai parliamentarian Nurul Izzah Anwar.
"Urgent: @harisibrahim joins the honored list of @SivarasaRasiah @millemeow and @chinhuatw in being banned from #Sarawak," wrote Fahmi in his tweet.
When contacted, Haris #left# confirmed that he is now stranded at Kuching Airport after being refused entry into the land of the Hornbills.
"I was denied entry into Sarawak, they told me I was blacklisted on orders from above, though they themselves are not aware of why I am banned," he lamented.
Haris, who was travelling alone, said that he insisted on a black-and-white written order of his blacklisting.
"I don't intend to go back without an official confirmation," he said.
The lawyer-turned-activist contends that it is insane for Sarawak not to allow people to come into the state just because an election is going on, particularly without a valid reason
"This is s blatant abuse of powers, plain and simple."
Pursuant to his request, he was issued a "Notice of refusal for entry".
On the notice was written:
"Pursuant to Section 65 #i##a# of the Immigration act 1959/63, the state does not allow you to be issued a pass to enter the state of Sarawak."
Again, no reason was stated as to why he was refused entry.
"I can't for the life of me wonder why I would be denied entry, I am a most peaceful man. I even brought my suntan lotion and cap thinking of having a good time," he said snidely.
More seriously, he said that it is common knowledge why activists like him are barred from entering Sarawak, as the powers that be want to stop them from revealing the truth to the rakyat.
The MCLM president said that he will be put on a flight back to KL courtesy of the government of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, but that will not be end of it.
"I shall go back, consult with my lawyers and decide if there are grounds for legal action. This abuse of power must stop. It had gone on probably because no one had challenged it before," said the lawyer feistily.
Haris was the latest in a long list of activists and opposition politicians banned from the state.
Last week election watchdog Bersih 2.0 representative Wong Chin Huat faced a similar fate, joining activist Steven Ng and Subang MP R Sivarasa.
BETUL KE ....ATAU SENGAJA DIGEMBAR GEMBURKAN ?? JIKA BETUL ???????
Intergriti Imigresen, telah hilang , PRC ( Pelacur Cina ) bebas keluar masuk tanpa sekatan , rakyat sendiri disekat masuk suatu hal yang mengejutkan ???
Adakah munasabah pihak Imigresen tidak membenarkan orang semenanjung masuk ke SARAWAK ? BUKAN KAH SARAWAK DIBAWAH PERSEKUTUAN TANAH MELAYU ?
Memang tidak logik dan amat malang , hak individu disekat didalam Negara Sendiri !!!
Adakah ianya kebetulan atau sengaja dilakukan untuk kepentingan sesetengah pihak yang menidakkan demokrasi dan kebebasan rakyatnya sendiri ?
Kenapa tak di ISAkan saja ...mereka mereka itu jika kehadiran dan keujudannya bolih mendatangkan ancaman dan memudaratkan ketenteraman awam .........
Apapun pada orang Sarawak keluar lah mengundi ?????