Paranoid Musa afraid of being exposed

Umno-led Sabah Barisan Nasional has come under attack for its ‘stupid’ act of denying civil activist Haris Ibrahim entry into Sabah.

(Free Malaysia Today) – The Sabah Umno-led Barisan Nasional leadership came under heavy condemnation for barring civil activist-cum-lawyer Haris Ibrahim from entering Sabah but did nothing to stem the flow of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants into the state.

Political activist Daniel John Jambun, who was among those at the airport to receive Haris, was fuming that the state government had barred Haris instead of illegal immigrants and criminals from the state.

“Why BN did not use this power to deny entry to those illegal immigrants? Haris came here to promote good governance and civil society.”

“He is a lawyer with the people’s interest at heart.”

“(Chief Minister) Musa (Aman), please explain yourself,” he demanded.

Sabah lawyer Peter Marajin said the incident proved that the leadership in Sabah is ‘paranoid and afraid of being exposed’ and being examined by civil society movements like MCLM.

“Umno is scared of its own shadow..,” said Marajin who is also a supreme council member of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

He said the the state government had clearly failed in its priorities when exercising its immigration powers.

Haris, who is also the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) president, was denied entry into Sabah as soon as he landed from Kuala Lumpur at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport here at 3.15pm yesterday.

Haris, who had been to the state recently to help stage the anti-Peaceful Assembly Bill protest here, was met by immigration officers at the airport and handed a letter that stated he was refused entry into the state on the instruction of Chief Minister Musa Aman who is in charge of all immigration matters in the state.

Barring Haris is ‘unacceptable

When contacted by FMT while at the airport, Haris said he was least worried about the matter and warned Musa that such directives would work against the BN.

“Let me tell Musa, the message that we wanted to send to the people here would reach them.”

“Though I am physically barred from entering Sabah, today’s technology will do this for us,” he said

Civil activists in the state in unison censured the Umno-led coalition for denying entry to Haris.