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Anwar, Kit Siang at KK Blackout 505 ceramah

 | June 8, 2013

Sabah BN government made no fuss and ‘allowed’ PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and DAP national advisor Lim Kit Siang into the state today.

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat leaders Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang are in Kota Kinabalu attending a Blackout 505 ceramah tonight.

Fears that they would be barred from the state were unfounded.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang arrived in Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu respectively earlier today with no fuss from the state immigration.

Lim, on arrival in Kota Kinabalu this morning, tweeted that he had “entered Sabah without fuss as it should be. Immigration autonomy for Sabah includes fundamental rights of Malaysians to enter for legitimate political activities.”

He later attended a Kaamatan Harvest festival celebrations with DAP elected reps in Ranau and is scheduled to join a Pakatan Blackout 505 ceramah in KK tonight.

Anwar meanwhile arrived in Sandakan at 4.25pm this evening. He was given an enthusiastic welcome by a group of Sabah PKR leaders.

Sabah PKR secretary Roland Chia told FMT in a text message that Anwar had entered safely. Now he is in Dewan Hakka Sandakan, later to KK at 8pm.”

Anwar was in Sandakan for a similar Blackout 505 function which began at 3pm. He later left to join Lim in the KK Blackout 505 ceramah.

Reports that both leaders would be barred from Sabah began circulating after Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah was banned on arrival in Sabah on May 30.

The Musa administration’s decision to bar her stemmed from reported fears that  the opposition may have been aiming extend their Black 505 rallies to East Malaysia.

DAP later claimed that the Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman had extended the ban to opposition leaders including PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, DAP strategist Ong Kian Ming, activist Ambiga S  Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Wong Chin Huat, Maria Chin Abdullah and Hishamuddin Rais.

But Sabah state secretary Sukarti Wakiman had later clarified that there was “no permanent ban on any other opposition leaders coming into Sabah as long as they do not pose a security threat.”

Pakatan Rakyat coalition won 12 state and three parliamentary seats in the recently-concluded 13th General Election.

Sabah State Reform Party (Star) chief Jeffrey Kitingan meanwhile captured the Bingkor state seat.


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