PRESS RELEASE

6 MAY 2016

On being barred from entering Sarawak

I have just been barred from entry into Sarawak and am detained against my will at the holding area at the Kuching International Airport pending deportation back to the Peninsula.

I hold Tan Sri Adenan Satem accountable for this most unfortunate and regrettable situation but at the same time I feel very sorry for him for resorting to this action.

Being drunk with power, Adenan Satem has forgotten that with power comes responsibility. He must use it responsibly in good faith for the betterment of the people of Sarawak, not vindictively to spite his political opponents.

In barring me from entering Sarawak, he is flaunting his high and mighty executive muscle as Chief Minister but he does not seem to realise that he has actually demeaned the dignity and stature of his office by stooping so low to treat a fellow State leader in such a manner.

Personally, barring me is indeed no skin off my nose but is a great affront to the office of the Menteri Besar of Selangor to which I have been duly appointed by His Royal Highness the Sultan.

As I said just a week ago, in taking this arrogant stand towards his fellow Malaysian leaders, Adenan Satem has crossed the line and exposed himself as being reckless in the use of his executive power.

This is apart from the fact that the ban is a blatant violation of the law. Section 67 of the Immigration Act clearly confers the right to enter Sabah and Sarawak “for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity”.

If Adenan Satem says that I am coming here only to campaign for the state elections and not as a State Menteri Besar, then he must at the same time accept that Section 67 would make his action totally illegal and unconstitutional because campaigning is indeed a legitimate political activity.

This widespread barring of opposition leaders from entering Sarawak is therefore a brazen violation of the law, utterly shameful and a manifestation of the reckless abuse of power.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI