Remove Jeffrey from ban list, activist tells Sarawak immigration

Kitingan (left) and former foreign minister Anifah Aman at Kuching airport’s immigration office on Tuesday.

KUCHING: Human rights activist Peter John Jaban has urged Sarawak’s immigration department to formally lift its ban on Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan.

Speaking to FMT, Jaban noted that Kitingan was recently given a temporary pass to enter Sarawak and said he saw no reason why the Sabah politician’s name should remain on the ban list.

He said he had been informed that state officials had told Kitingan the ban would be lifted. “The immigration department should update its system,” he added.

Kitingan was recently allowed to be in Sarawak for three days to attend a meeting with Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg, during which they discussed issues pertaining to the rights of the East Malaysian states.

Peter John Jaban.

Kitingan has been barred from Sarawak since February 2017. He found this out a month later, when he tried to enter the state to chair a meeting of the Borneo Dayak Forum.

He said it was possible that the Sarawak government saw him as someone who was trying to mobilise the state’s Dayak community against the authorities.

Jaban, who is a DJ with Radio Free Sarawak, described Kitingan as a fighter for Sabah and Sarawak rights. “Why should Sarawak fear him?” he said.