Rafizi to challenge Sarawak ban after being denied entry again


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014

PETALING JAYA: PKR’s outgoing strategy director Rafizi Ramli will appeal for a judicial review of an Immigration order denying entry of PKR leaders, including him, into Sarawak.

The Pandan MP was turned away from the state for the second time on Monday after arriving at the Kuching International Airport at 6.20pm.

On March 27, he was barred from entering Sarawak, along with outgoing PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, Batu MP Tian Chua and the party's Women chief and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin to take part in the final stretch of the Balingian by-election campaign.

“I was immediately brought to the Immigration Department and given a denial of entry notice,” he said, adding that he was blacklisted from entry indefinitely along with a few other notable PKR leaders.

“I was also made aware that the Immigration Department was given a strong order to execute the command without compromise,” he said.

Rafizi claimed that a sympathetic Immigration officer suggested the option of marrying a Sarawakian woman to circumvent the barring order.

The blacklist order, according to Rafizi, came from the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office in a move that he claims was an attempt by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Adenan Satem to sabotage PKR’s preparation for the 2015 state elections.

“I will take legal action at the Kuching court soon to contest this misuse of power. I will also study the current Immigration Act and raise the issue in Parliament to ensure a check and balance in the system,” he said.

Rafizi had gone to Kuching on Monday for a meeting with Sarawak PKR members.

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