Why Ban Only PKR Lawmakers; Even PM Had Photo Taken With Jacel Kiram

Christina Liew, right, together with fellow opposition members, Dr Roland Chia and Chan Foong

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: The entry ban imposed by the State government on opposition Members of Parliament like Nurul Izzah Anwar, Tian Chua and Rafizi Ramli are politically motivated to suppress the opposition influence in Sabah.

Christina Liew, the Parti Keadialan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah chairman while speaking at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly said the three federal lawmakers, who are also PKR vice presidents were not dangerous people.

“What are the actual charges and the evidence that warrant or justify the banning of these MPs? What wrongs have they committed when they were in Sabah, previously,” she said.

“As far as we know, they have only highlighted the wrongs committed by the government?” added Liew who is also PKR Api-Api Assemblywoman.

Rafizi, the Pandan MP, Nurul Izzah – Lembah Pantai and Tian Chua – Batu – are banned from entering Sabah.

The motion to bar both opposition leaders was made on November 26 last year at the state assembly following Nurul and Tian Chua’s controversial photograph taken with Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the self-styled late Sulu “Sultan” Jamalul Kiram III.

During the Tanduo intrusion in Lahad Datu some years back, Jacel acted as the Kiram family spokesman.

Musa also dismissed Liew’s argument that Tian Chua was cleared from the sedition charge in relation to the Lahad Datu intrusion on March 2 last year.

“While Sarawak state had lifted the ban for the same group of MPs, our Sabah CM said to be firmed not allowing people of malice (referring to these opposition MPs) to enter Sabah.

“While it is ‘stupid’ to not use the Immigration powers, it is definitely wrong and deplorable to abuse it for political reasons,” she retorted.

Liew also reminded the Sate government that Najib Razak, the prime minister, had also taken pictures with Jacel in the past.

She thus reiterated that the ban imposed by the State government was targeting at those opposition leaders who are good in delivering political talks.