Ex-Suhakam vice-chairman Simon Sipaun cautions that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud will not hesitate to use the immigration powers of the state to keep out “prying eyes” from the state.
This is more a case of abusing rather than using the immigration powers of the state as intended under the federal and state constitutions, he added.
“It’s a fact that Taib has a lot to hide.(Ed: See a video here)
“He has no choice but to appear to seek shelter behind the state’s immigration powers,” said Sipaun, who is currently one of the 12 advisors appointed by the King to the board of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Sipaun cited the proposed White Paper by the Sarawak state government as a blanket threat to Suhakam and activists like Lasimbang, among others.
The White Paper calls for “unhealthy politics” – meaning Suhakam, the MACC, NGOs and opposition leaders from Sabah and the peninsula – to be kept out of the state.
Taib has been accused by human rights groups in Sarawak for abusing various native rights and enriching himself and his family by grabbing state resources.
Sarawak Report has published endless of reports and findings about Taib’s family astonishing wealth and abuses. These reports were made public even before Wikileaks stole the limelight from them.
What has the federal government done to these leaks and reports? Did Najib summon Taib to Putrajaya to explain these allegations?
Najib’s administration has announced a number grand initiatives and acronyms e.g. KPI, KRA, ETP, NEM, GTP etc. It is admirable that he is trying to do something to help improve the situation.
However, there is a need of real consistency in his implementation and action plan. Without taking a firm action on the mayhem in Sarawak, it is difficult to convince the moderates and middle ground to support his government and to take his reform agenda seriously.
Go after the big fishes! Stop wasting so much time with race rhetoric and stop some of the culprits such as Utusan Malaysia and their lowly columnists from hijacking the real issues and agenda.(from Khoo Kay Ping’s blog)