Adenan slammed after Sarawak bars DAP MP, mascot designer

Chong Chieng Jen asking reporters to listen to a speech by Ooi on his handphone at a press conference today. Seen at left is Pending state lawmaker Violet Yong April 9, 2016. — Picture by Sulok Tawie 
KUCHING, April 9 — The DAP accused Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today of abusing the state’s immigration powers after two members from the opposition party were barred from entering Sarawak ahead of state elections.
Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching was prohibited from entering the state when she arrived at the Bintulu airport last night, while Selangor DAP member Ooi Leng Han, who is the chief designer of the DAP’s hornbill mascot “Ubah,” was denied entry upon arrival at the Kuching International Airport this morning.
“The DAP supports the immigration autonomy of Sarawak, but we don't support its abuse by the chief minister to stop opposition leaders from peninsular Malaysia from going to the state,” Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen told reporters here.
Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa state assemblyman, said the purported immigration blacklist of his party’s central leadership would affect their election campaign.
“I don't want to pre-empt that the DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and secretary general Lim Guan Eng would also be banned from Sarawak,” he said.
The 82-seat Sarawak state assembly will be dissolved on Monday to pave way for elections.
Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu was stopped from entering Sarawak when the opposition politician arrived at the Sibu airport last month.
Other opposition politicians barred have included DAP MPs Tony Pua and Teresa Kok, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar, Zuraida Kamaruddin, Rafizi Ramli and Chua Tian Chang. Prominent public personalities recently barred include lawyer and activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.
- themalaymailonline April 9,2016