MIRI: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director Cynthia Gabriel, who was barred from entering here, was to attend a private function organised by the Borneo Resources Institute.
Institute co-ordinator for Sarawak Raymond Abin said that Gabriel was invited to talk about globalisation and its effects on indigenous tribes in Malaysia.
The function was a private event organised by the institute, he said yesterday, when asked to comment about the incident.
Abin said he was informed that Gabriel was barred for allegedly taking part in a campaign against the Bakun hydroelectric dam in Sarawak a few years ago.
She was believed to be blacklisted in 1998 and was stopped last night when she landed, he said.
Gabriel could not be reached for comment but the Suaram office in Kuala Lumpur confirmed she was a guest speaker for the private function.
State Immigration Chief Robert Lian and his deputy Abdul Rahman Mat Noor could not be reached for comment.