S’wak to continue defending its immigration autonomy

Posted on : 03 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak will continue to defend its state’s immigration autonomy as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63)

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed that a deputy minister who paid him a courtesy call recently suggested that Sarawak should end its immigration autonomy.

“The person (deputy minister) said it is time for Sarawak to not have the immigration control.

“I said no,” said Abang Johari to a press conference after chairing the PBB Supreme Council meeting at their headquarters today.

He added that immigration autonomy are among the rights that needs to be defended and discussed by the 16-member MA63 Steering Committee as it provides protection to the people of Sarawak – including the professionals.

The committee is however viewed by PBB said Abang Johari as being lopsided as the composition of the committee must be based in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) with equal representation from Sarawak and Sabah.

“We will have to find a way so that the people can be properly informed of the discussions that is held on a structured channel,” he added.

By having immigration autonomy, the state he said will be able to defend itself from any outside influences that are deemed extreme and disrupt the state’s peace and harmony.

The motive of the deputy minister to have the cheek to asked him to scrap the immigration autonomy he said is due to one of their leaders who was banned to enter Sibu.

Meanwhile, the PBB Supreme council meeting he said also touched on the National Budget 2019 which he found to be too general despite the state being allocated a total of RM4. 336 billion.

According to him, no project details were mentioned during the tabling by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Friday which raises questions as to where the distribution of the budget will be channeled.