Sarawak govt slammed for barring entry to Electoral Reform Committee member

Wong Chin Huat says his blood pressure shot up while waiting at the Kuching International Airport and he is still waiting to see a doctor to certify him fit for travel.

PETALING JAYA: A PPBM Supreme Council member has slammed the Sarawak state government after a member of the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC), Wong Chin Huat, was barred from entering the state today.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak-led state government drew flak from PPBM’s Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who slammed the move as “embarrassing and dishonourable”.

Wan Saiful questioned if GPS was afraid of improvements to the electoral system, adding that this incident was an abuse of power by the state government.

“The power to control entry and exit from Sarawak should not be used for GPS’ narrow-minded political interests.

“This is a misuse of power by the GPS government, led by politicians who are afraid of the wave of change in our country.

“It looks like GPS is afraid that change will also happen in Sarawak,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Wong was reported to be on his way from Kuala Lumpur to a workshop in Kuching regarding the Sarawak elections, in his capacity as a member of the ERC. He was stopped at the Kuching International Airport.

In a separate Facebook post, Wong said ERC chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong and his deputy, Hanipa Maidin, had also tried to intervene in his case.

He also required urgent medical attention after experiencing headaches after the long wait, with a subsequent check revealing his blood pressure had spiked.

He said in another post that, as of 10pm, he had still not yet seen a doctor.

Wong, a professor, said an immigration officer told him he would be kept at the airport’s quarantine bay for observation if a doctor declares him unfit for travel.

“They think I will risk my life to avoid being detained for a night? Well, I will sleep with my Sarawak flag.”