Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rafizi barred again, PKR condemns Adenan

Two Sarawak PKR leaders condemned their Chief Minister Adenan Satem not only for practising double standards in barring the entry of PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli into Sarawak last night, but for allowing racist and religious extremists into Sarawak.

Rafizi arrived about 6.20pm at the Kuching International Airport and was deported 30 minutes later by Immigration Department officers.

That was the second time Rafizi has been barred from entering Sarawak.

Last month, during the campaign for the Balingian by-election, he was barred from entry, together with PKR vice-president Tian Chua, Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.

The ban on Zuraida was lifted when she arrived in Kuching last Saturday, but not on Rafizi.

Sarawak PKR chairperson Baru Bian (right) said: "Clearly, Adenan is practising double standards, and what he is doing is purely political.

"He appears to be more jittery in dealing with PKR leaders than the former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.  I believe he is ill-advised by his political advisers."

Asked to comment on the same issue, Baru's colleague See Chee How, who is Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson, said Adenan was more concerned with keeping his position now and after the next state election.

'Be more concerned about racists'

"He is more concerned with keeping his position (as chief minister) as a result of the strong presence of the opposition, such as PKR, than threats posed by racist bigots and religious extremists to Sarawak's religious freedom and racial harmony.

"He should be more concerned with these racists and extremists," See said, pointing out that Adenan was clearly abusing his position as chief minister and head of the state security council.

See, who is the Batu Lintang assemblyperson, said Adenan had declared that he would bar religious extremists and racists from entering Sarawak in order to preserve its peace and its multi-racial harmony.

He expressed big surprise as to why Adenan had allowed Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Nordin, who is known to be a religious extremist and a racial bigot, to enter Sarawak last Saturday.

"Perkasa leaders such as Zulkifli should have been barred instead of PKR elected MPs who are neither religious extremists nor racists," he said.

Even Ibrahim Ali can come in...

Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, the man who wanted to burn the Malay versions of the Bible and has angered Christians on several occasions, was also allowed to enter Sarawak last month to attend to the establishment of Perkasa in Sarawak.

Perkasa is an extremist and racist non-governmental organisation that is closely linked with Umno and its leadership.

"Did Adenan take instructions from Umno to allow Umno member Zulkifli to enter Sarawak?

"Is Adenan only taking action against Pakatan Rakyat leaders on Umno's instruction? Or is it that the Immigration Department is just not bothered?

"Or are they (immigration officers) are only taking instructions from Umno to blacklist opposition leaders only?” See (left) asked

Zulkifli was one of those involved in the controversy over the use of the word 'Allah' and who had called for the resignation of PAS MPs who supported Christians the right to use the word 'Allah'.

In March last year, he was criticised for insulting and belittling Hinduism and questioning Hindu gods.

He had also made an insensitive remark on the death of Karpal Singh, for which he was condemned by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Meanwhile, comments posted on Facebook sites say PBB/Umno/Perkasa are of the same breed, all are “sheep in wolf’s skin”.

The local political parties once again proved their fear of Pakatan by using the immigration rights to their own advantage. "I wish they could do the same with the autonomy rights that benefit more people, including those in the state BN," said Mowe Batavia.

Gary Tay said: "This is but one of the many reasons we say that administration of Adenan is no different than that of Taib - long on preaching but short of practising."

Another commentator, Jimmy Adit, said: "Zulkifli Nordin in Sarawak? That certainly makes that talk about barring bigots and extremists the greatest joke of the century."

Meanwhile, political observers are keenly watching whether the PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be allowed in or not when he arrives in Kuching on Thursday.
~ Malaysiakini

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