Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has indicated that he is willing to review the travel ban against individuals from Peninsular Malaysia on a case by case basis.
According to civil society activist Cynthia Gabriel, Adenan is open to looking at individual cases of persons who have been banned from entering the State and to see who should be removed from the blacklist.
However, she said Adenan also made it clear that he did not welcome extremists into the State.
The travel ban was one of the matters discussed with the Chief Minister during a courtesy call by the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) at the State Legislative Assembly complex here on Wednesday.
Cynthia, who is C4 Executive Director, noted that her own travel ban was lifted for the courtesy call.
“I’m also banned from Sarawak but he lifted it for this meeting and he even said he felt bad about it,” she told reporters after the courtesy call.
The ban was imposed on her by the previous administration in 2005 when she headed human rights group Suaram.
“We urged him not to use this policy of banning individuals. The recent ban on (PKR Vice-President) Nurul Izzah Anwar was quite unfortunate and should not have happened.
“But his point is that he would review the cases individually and look at how best to deal with the situation of Malaysia as an integral country and that Malaysian citizens should be able to move around freely,” Cynthia said.
Nurul Izzah was barred from entering Sarawak last Sunday.