Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bersih's Mandeep barred from entering Sarawak

Published     Updated 15 Feb 2016, 9:36 pm

Bersih secretariat member Mandeep Singh was today informed by a immigration official that he is barred from entering Sarawak.

The immigration officer at Kuching Airport informed him that the notice barring him from entering the Borneo state was issued on Jan 28.

However, Mandeep said that he had entered Sarawak on Feb 13 using his passport with no issue.

"The immigration officer also told me I would be deported if I return to Sarawak.

"I strongly protest and condemn this ban enacted by Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem against me.

"This is clearly a political move against activists," he said in a statement.

Sarawak has immigration rights and can bar Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia from entering.

Others on the blacklist include Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and her predecessor Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Mandeep said he was in Kuching to prepare the coalition's observers for the Sarawak election, which must be called by June.

Demanding an explanation from the state, he said he will also discuss further action with his lawyer.

"Is this the transformation and reform claimed by Adenan?" he asked.

~ Malaysiakini

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