Friday, December 26, 2008

No Restriction On Opposition Members Entering Sarawak

No Restriction On Opposition Members Entering Sarawak


KUCHING, Dec 26 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak government has never prevented Peninsular opposition leaders from entering the state, said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Office Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman.

He said opposition stalwarts like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang were free to come to Sarawak as they pleased and that what happened to Padang Serai Member of Parliament N. Gobalakrishnan on Wednesday was an immigration matter which did not involve any Barisan Nasional (BN) political leaders in Sarawak.

"People are free to come to Sarawak but if the Immigration Department denies entry we (State government) cannot do anything about it," he told reporters here Friday.

He said the Immigration Department must have its reasons for preventing a certain person from entering Sarawak and this included matters concerning security.

He added that the Sarawak government was not fearful of the presence of opposition leaders, who aim to unseat the BN government in Sarawak, in the state.

On Wednesday, Gobalakrishnan, a member of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was denied entry into Sarawak by the Immigration Department and had to return to the Peninsular from here the same day.

-- BERNAMA

seals: So the Sarawak till now cannot explain why he was denied entry?

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