Revive passport ruling on non-Sarawakians, urges STAR leader

Lina Soo

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By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, Dec 9: Sarawak should make it mandatory for all non-Sarawakians, including people from the peninsula and Sabah, to produce their passports before they are allowed into the state.

State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo opined that as a “negara” (nation), Sarawak should go beyond financial and immigration autonomy.

“In fact, as a ‘negara’, we should have autonomy in all sectors, except for defence and foreign relations.

“I just flew in this morning from abroad and realised that as a ‘negara’, we should be like in the old days and ask every non-Sarawakian, including West Malaysians and Sabahans, to present their passports,” said Soo to reporters before presenting a talk on the Malaysia Agreement (MA63), oil and gas at a hotel here today.

Soo said that presently, people from the peninsula and Sabah merely needed to fill in an IMM (Disembarkation Card) to enter the state.

“We have to start today that when non-Sarawakians come in here, they have to produce their passports,” she reiterated.

Soo said that even Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a recent interview, stated that Sarawak and Sabah are actually a ‘negara’. — DayakDaily