Provide list of those who are barred, state urged

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 Aug 2003

MIRI: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has called on the Sarawak Government to make known to the public, especially to people residing in other states, the full list of those barred from entering the state. 

Suaram executive director Cynthia Gabriel, in making the call, said the state should also disclose the reasons these people were blacklisted and prevented from entering. 

“There must be official reasons given why the name was blacklisted. In my case, I did not even know I had been blacklisted until I was stopped from entering at the Immigration checkpoint (in Miri Airport). 

“No official reasons were given to me on why I was not allowed to enter Sarawak. I have a right to know the reasons,” she said in a telephone interview from Suaram headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. 

Gabriel was asked to comment on a statement by Sarawak Immigration Department head Robert Lian that anyone who had been blacklisted by the state government should not try to sneak into the state again as they would be caught. 

Lian said those blacklisted must apply for approval before attempting to enter the state through any of its checkpoints or else they would be stopped upon arrival. 

On Monday night, Gabriel was stopped at the Miri Airport Immigration counter when she tried to enter Miri to give a talk about globalisation and its effects on the indigenous tribes in Malaysia. 

She was sent back to Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday morning. 

Gabriel said the Sarawak Immigration Department has returned her passport, but it now has a “blacklisted from Sarawak” chop on it.  

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