Since both Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan and I are well past 70, in the evening of our lives, we should not be involved in abuses of power and propping up a political party past its shelf life.
I urge Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem, a septuagenarian like me, to join me in doing something worthwhile like promoting democracy, national unity and autonomy for Sarawak. Adenan is 72 and I am 75. We do not have many active political years left.
Let us do something worthwhile in the evening of our lives instead of abuses of power to prop up a political party past its shelf life.
I am taking my cue from a media interview where Adenan spoke of his “close shave with death” due to a heart ailment three years ago and how he was “ready to go”. He said God had given him a new lease of life to “do what I have to do”.
For one, mankind has dismantled the “Iron Curtain” and the “Bamboo Curtain”, long before I was suspended from Parliament as Gelang Patah MP.
In Malaysia, we have the “Batik Curtain” to separate Malaysians from Malaysians.
We are coming to a stage where it will be easier for Opposition political leaders to visit Peking or Moscow than to visit Kota Kinabalu or Kuching.
The Sarawak Chief Minister’s abuse of state immigration powers makes a mockery of the Agong’s fond hope, as contained in Paragraph 14 of the Royal Address, of the fostering closer relationship between those who live in Peninsular Malaysia and those in Sabah and Sarawak.
It’s not necessary for me to remind Adenan of Section 67 of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which stipulates that while Sarawak was conferred autonomy in immigration powers, the “right to enter East Malaysian states for exercise of political rights” for “a citizen entering the East Malaysia for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity” was guaranteed and should not be obstructed.
Adenan was basically a decent leader. I hope that he will immediately revoke the blanket ban on DAP and Pakatan Harapan leaders and MPs from campaigning in Sarawak for the 11th state election.
I invite Adenan to focus on the big issues of right and wrong, promoting democracy and national unity, improving the welfare of all Sarawakians and Malaysians and articulating Sarawakian rights on autonomy. Don’t’ be bogged down by mundane, petty and momentary issues.
Imposing a blanket ban on DAP and Pakatan Harapan leaders and MPs from entry into Sarawak to campaign in the 11th state elections, cannot be right, democratic or in the interest promoting national unity.
Lim Kit Siang
Gelang Patah MP
DAP Parliamentary Leader