CM Adenan Bars Ibrahim Ali And Ridhuan Tee From Sarawak To Protect The State's Peace

PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anuar is one of the local politicians that is included in Sarawak's 'immigration blacklist'.

Cover image via The Malay Mail Online

In an effort to retain the peaceful situation in Sarawak, its chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, has included two more people in his immigration blacklist, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and lecturer Ridhuan Tee

Lecturer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah and Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali

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“I am building a list of people I don't want to come to Sarawak,” he told a gathering of Barisan Nasional national female leaders in Kuching on the so-called “immigration blacklist”, which includes hardline religious personalities from the peninsula.

Adenan last year used the state's autonomy on immigration to declare he would bar “extremists, religious bigots and troublemakers” from the state, after religious authorities in Selangor seized Bahasa and Iban language Bibles that contained the word Allah and the ensuing religious tensions fanned by right-wing Malay groups.

"We are peaceful people. Let it stay that way. That's why I don't want these people (extremists, religious bigots and trouble makers) from coming," explained Adenan.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem

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Adenan said there was no use for Malaysians “to quarrel over these (race and religious) things”.

He said even decades after the first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman's death, his dream of a “happy Malaysia” would still not be realised.

The dream, first shattered by the Chinese-Malay sectarian violence in Kuala Lumpur on May 13, 1969, was now further impeded by new religious extremists and racists, he added.

It was for these reasons that he was drawing the list of unwanted Malaysians, he said, and the list went beyond opposition leaders from DAP and PKR.

Both Ridhuan Tee and Ibrahim Ali, have been known to have made some racially sensitive remarks in the past.

In 2013, Ridhuan Tee Abdullah wrote a blog post about the limits of the Islam community's patience level and how they are forced to tolerate the traffic mess that occurs during the annual Thaipusam festival.

Image via Sinar Harian

In the column, Kesabaran umat Islam ada had (There is limit to Muslim patience), which appeared in Sinar Harian, Ridhuan commented on congestion in the areas surrounding Batu Caves before and during the Hindu festival.

"Have we ever complained during Thaipusam celebration? A week before the festival, the entire area surrounding Batu Caves is congested. Vehicles have been parked wherever the owners please.

"A sea of people of a single colour gathers, as though there are no other colours in this country," the controversial columnist wrote.

Meanwhile, on 4 October, outspoken Perkasa head Ibrahim Ali claimed that the ethnic Malaysian Chinese community have "skewed judgement" because they usually get their information from "distorted sources"

Ibrahim Ali wants BN component parties to go to the ground, especially the Chinese ground, to improve perception towards BN.

Ibrahim said that political parties have the resources to do so and should not only rely on the media to get the message across.

“The Chinese only got the news from ‘spun’ news, which create confusion, as well as one-sided information from the DAP and PKR leaders," he said after officiating the Selayang Perkasa Annual General Meeting today.

Other prominent members of the Malaysian political scene that have already made the Sarawak 'immigration blacklist' are, PKR's vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anuar and Rafizi Ramli, Batu MP Tian Chua, and PKR's women chief Zuraidah Kamaruddin

PKR's vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anuar and Rafizi Ramli and Batu MP Tian Chua

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Just a couple of weeks ago, on 17 February, Bersih secretariat manager, Mandeep Singh was barred from entering Sarawak for unspecified reasons:

Meanwhile, last July, the Malaysian Immigration Department banned a number of politicians associated with the controversial 1MDB scandal:

The past year has seen a spike in racial slurs by local politicians, with some even referring to the Malaysian Chinese as "Cina gila babi"