The Opposition and Opposition friendly NGOs such as the Bar Council is making hue and cry on the Sabah State Government to impose their powers to ban persons ‘Deemed Criminals’ such as PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar from entering the state.
Bar associations tell Sabah to lift entry bans, say violates constitutional freedom
KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — Malaysia’s three professional bodies for lawyers condemned today the Sabah government for ejecting PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar from holidaying in the north Borneo state, saying the move violated her constitutional right to freedom of movement.
The authorities’ action denying the 32-year-old lawmaker entry into the state and flying her back to the peninsula immediately upon her arrival yesterday evening has provoked widespread uproar, with the Sabah Law Association, the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak and the Malaysian Bar telling the government to “cease and desist” its arbitrary blasting of Malaysians without good reason.
“By deploying this drastic measure, the Sabah state government is flouting the guarantee of freedom of movement that is enshrined in Article 9 of the Federal Constitution, which provides that ‘every citizen has the right to move freely throughout the Federation’.
“The three Bars of Malaysia call on the Sabah state government to immediately rescind the entry ban that it has imposed, and to cease and desist from resorting to such action without any justifiable cause,” the three groups said in a joint statement.
They reminded the state government that while it had a statutory right to decide who enters Sabah, it should be sparing in flexing its muscle and ban only with justifiable cause.
They also called on Putrajaya to take concrete measures to safeguard the right of Malaysians to travel within the country’s borders unimpeded.
Nurul Izzah has vowed to take her entry ban into Sabah to court, slamming the government’s move as undemocratic and an abuse of the state’s laws.
She had intended to attend a party event as well as celebrate the native Pesta Kaamatan, or the Harvest Festival, there in her personal capacity.
Sabah’s consitution empowers its chief minister to restrict anyone from entering the state, but adds that he must do justify a reason.
“As a member of the Malaysian Parliament, the move to bar my entry is irrational and without reasonable justification is clearly an extreme abuse of power and very anti-democratic,” she told a press conference in PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.
“If I am a threat to the people of Sabah, then give me the rationale and explanation to this accusation,” she added.
The second-term Lembah Pantai MP also claimed that a number of opposition leaders, including her father Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is the PKR advisor, and activists have also been named in a blacklist she claimed to originate from Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s office.
Nurul Izzah said the state authorities had rejected her demand to see the full list and gave no explanation as to why she had been denied entry.
It has been evidently Opposition leaders such as Nurul Izzah, Lim Kit Siang, Tian Chua, Anwar Ibrahim and the whole lot of them should be ‘Deemed Criminals’ because of their propensity to break laws such as conditions ruled as per the Public Assembly Act. This is on top of their tendency to incite and instigate in acts deemed sedition in nature every few days at rallies they organise since over three weeks ago.
They selectively refused to accept the decision of the majority, based on the Westminster styled first-past-the-post-electoral system, where the privilege to form a government is based on the number of seats parties which contested in any of the elections.
The Sabah majority have their constitutional rights to be prevented from exposure of such unhealthy and unlawful acts of crime.
Published: Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 8:29:00 PM
Updated: Saturday June 1, 2013 MYT 9:40:32 PM
We stopped Nurul Izzah for Sabah’s peace and security, says Musa Aman
By RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government banned PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar from entering the state on Thursday as her presence could affect the peace and security in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman(pix) said in a statement issued late Saturday that the government has had no problems with opposition figures entering the state as evident in the run-up to the recent general election.
He said Sabah also welcomed those who “respect a civil society, whereby there is law and order to uphold the prevailing peace and harmony.”
“However if we have reason to believe that your presence here will pose a threat to these ideals that Sabah has enjoyed all these while, you are not welcomed here,” the statement said.
“We have reason to believe that Nurul Izzah’s intentions to come to Sabah this time round may not be as innocent as she or her fellow opposition members make it out to be,” Musa said.
Nurul Izzah was barred from entering Sabah upon her arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Thursday.
PKR deputy secretary general Darrel Leiking who had been waiting for Nurul Izzah at the airport had said her one day trip was to among others attend the state level Kaamatan or Harvest Festival at the Hongkod Koisaan.
Musa said Sabah’s doors were always open to those who wanted to see and embrace its ethnic and cultural diversities as well as participate in the state’s festivities.
He said contrary to what was being spread in the social media, the ban on Nurul Izzah was not politically-motivated.
“Other opposition leaders have come and moved freely throughout Sabah especially in the run-up to the elections. They spread the same old recipe of lies, deceit and slander to hoodwink the people. We didn’t stop them,” he said.
“Now that the elections are over, their leader refuses to accept the verdict. It is a case of sour grapes and ungentlemanly conduct. He wants to rile up the masses to rally throughout the country to show his discontent,” he said.
Musa said Sabah and its people do not need the endless propaganda by the opposition to incite hatred and mistrust among the people against the Barisan Nasional government.
“Enough is enough. We need to move on. The opposition has been politicking for the last 5 years. Are we going to be bogged down by more politicking in the next five?
“There’s work to be done. The country needs to be administrated, the economy needs to grow and the people’s welfare taken care of,” he said.
Bar Council behaved very unprofessionally to ‘conveniently’ miss or omit this provision of the Immigration Act for the Sabah State Government’s right to refuse entry or banish any persons from the ‘Land Below the wind’ state.
Unless they have ulterior motives. That tantamount of the professional body to be an accomplish to these persons ‘Deemed Criminals’ in the acts of crime and ill intent, to stabilise the country and topple the Federal Government via anarchy.
Then, Bar Council should be investigated too.