KUCHING (Bernama) – The immi-gration autonomy of Sarawak has shielded the people from various undesirable elements from outside, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said Sarawakians must count themselves fortunate in that aspect of being shielded, primarily from elements promoting racial and religious bigotry for whatever reason.
“Our immigration power is our right as enshrined in the Federal Constitution which no one can take away from us.
“I am not only saying it here because I have pointed this out to the Steering Committee on MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that our immigration autonomy is a right that is not open to any negotiation,” he said when officiating at the state-level World Interfaith Harmony Week yesterday.
His speech text was read by Sarawak Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Develop-ment Datuk Seri Abdullah Fatimah.
Abang Johari said the people in Sarawak were very fortunate to inherit a statehood that was naturally diverse in cultural heritage and religious practices, and such an interaction among them had somehow moulded them to become peace loving and able to accept others in their midst.