Hornbill Unleashed

March 13, 2017

Sarawak under fire for banning entry to Sabah DCM’s brother

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg (pic) has been accused of abusing his discretionary immigration power to ban Datuk Jeffery Kitingan from entering Sarawak. — Picture by Sulok TawieThe Dayak National Congress (DNC) civil society movement accused today Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg of abusing his discretionary immigration power to ban Sabah politician Datuk Jeffery Kitingan from entering the state.

DNC president Mengga Mikui said the ban against Jeffery who is president of Parti Solidariti Negeri Sabah (STAR) and the brother to Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, was an unfriendly act to a neighbouring state.

“It looks like the openness under the previous leadership of the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem is regressing,” Mikui said.

He explained that Jeffery had been invited to attend a meeting of the DNC of which he is a member.

“We are surprised of the restriction on his entry yesterday. All this while he has been regularly coming to Sarawak, and this sudden act is an abuse of Immigration autonomy,” Mikui added.

He pointed out that Jeffery’s ban appeared to be Abang Johari’s first move to bar a non-local politicians since becoming the chief minister on January 13.

Jeffery was told by an officer at the Immigration counter that he was not allowed to step out into the Kuching International Airport terminal when he arrived there at 5.20pm yesterday and was instead made to fly back to Kota Kinabalu later that night.

Mikui said there was no reason to bar Jeffery from entering Sarawak.

“Being a man who had been advocating for rights of Sarawak and Sabah it is illogical to consider him a persona non grata.

“If he is barred for being vocal on Sarawak and Sabah rights, then we can also speculate that our new chief minister is giving in to pressure from certain quarters,” he said.

He also said Jeffery is not an enemy of Sarawak although he is politically not aligned to the ruling Barisan Nasional.

“Politics should not and cannot be made a ground for the ban. As a fellow Malaysian he has the right to enter the state to participate in lawful social activities,” he said.

He urged the state government to conduct itself based on justice and fairness instead of wielding fear and intimidation to show off its power.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online



  1. Auto tail whacker

    Comment by Salim — March 13, 2017 @ 11:24 PM | Reply

  2. Abang Johari should stop pretending to fight undesirable elements from entering Sarawak and used his immigration power as a blatant excuse. Sarawakians look up to you as a clean, fair and just CM Sarawak ever had. Right now you are considered quite clean but you have not made yourself be seen to be a fair and just CM.

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 13, 2017 @ 8:53 PM | Reply

    • Umno Baru controlled Sarawak state government should stop acting arrogant and mighty towards Opposition leaders and lawmakers. Sarawakians know Umno Baru would not open branches in Sarawak because PBB has always been the proxy of Umno Baru. Opposition leaders and lawmakers were chosen by Sarawakians and Malaysians too.

      Comment by Mat Som — March 14, 2017 @ 11:17 PM | Reply

  3. Abang Johari Openg is a fuking COWARD. Why ban Opposition leaders and lawmakers from other states from entering Malaysia? The CM of Sarawak, like the arrogant, corrupted and fuking AG, had abused their respective discretionary power conferred on them. They are both a total disgrace to Malaysians especially the young educated Malaysians.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 13, 2017 @ 11:58 AM | Reply

    • Yes. Sarawak is also Malaysia.

      Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 13, 2017 @ 12:00 PM | Reply


      Comment by Al — March 13, 2017 @ 6:43 PM | Reply

  4. New CM showing his weakness … more to come … will not last long for sure

    Comment by tigeryk — March 13, 2017 @ 9:33 AM | Reply

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