Sarawak to allow some banned groups back into state

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Anti-graft groups and civil society organisations that are barred from Sarawak will be allowed in said its chief minister, Tan Sri Adenan Satem, as long as they are not “religious and racial bigots”.

Adenan said this after attending a dialogue session at the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2015 in Kuala Lumpur today.

He was asked by an audience member whether he would reverse a ban instituted by his predecessor Tan Sri Taib Mahmud on several groups and individuals.

During Taib’s time, Sarawak immigration officials had barred activists such as Cynthia Gabriel and Datuk Ambiga Sreevenasan from entering Sarawak.

Both had been turned away at the Kuching airport on separate occasions when they tried to enter.

“Provided they are not racial and religious bigots in any form,” Adenan told reporters again when asked if he would lift the ban on non-racial civil society groups.

Under Adenan, Sarawak has banned Malay supremacist Datuk Ibrahim Ali and controversial lecturer Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah from entering on grounds that the two threatened communal harmony. – September 3, 2015.

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