Carolina, a Polish student is the 6th person barred from Sarawak during the Sarawak state election period. Her case differed from others in that she was told at the exit point that she is not allowed to return after her visit to Sarawak-in contrast to others before her who were all stopped at the Kuching airport after their landing. Carolina has been doing field research on Sarawak’s politics since about 1 year ago.
Before that Steven Ng, Wong Chin Huat, Ambiga, Haris Ibrahim and Syed Ibrahim were barred from entering Sarawak, which attracted condemnation of power abuse from civil society. The barring of outsiders could reflect CM Taib Mahmud’s insecurity towards increasing West Malaysians and international repulsion against the undemocratic rule of his regime.