Call on Sarawak Barisan Nasional to respect human rights as well as the constitutional right of Tan Seng Hin to vote in Sarawak general election on Thursday  by allowing him to return to Miri to reunite with his family


Speech
- DAP Sarawak general election campaign talk
by
Lim Kit Siang
 

(PetaMiri,  Saturday)When I was in Miri in March,  I first highlighted the gross human rights violation by the Sarawak Barisan Nasional government in its uncaring, unconscionable and inhumane abuse of the state immigration autonomy powers in arbitrarily expelling 23-year permanent resident Tan Seng Hin from Sarawak and breaking up his family in prohibiting his re-entry and being re-united with his family in Miri,
 
In the past six months, neither the Sarawak state government nor the Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr. George Chan had been able to give any good, satisfactory or acceptable explanation as to why the Sarawak state government had expelled Tan from the state and broke up his family, although he had settled in Sarawak for 23 years and had made social, community and educational contributions, especially in the field of mother-tongue education, in the state.

DAP had raised the Tan Seng Hin issue not to question the state immigration autonomy powers but to challenge the undemocratic and  gross abuse of power in expelling and banning Tan from re-entering Sarawak, breaking up his family and disregarding the fact that he had contributed to the state and made a home in Sarawak for the last 23 years without any valid or legitimate reason.

It is public knowledge that Dr. George Chan had not been happy with Tan because as Secretary of the Miri Hainan Association, Tan  had crossed swords with the SUPP leader over the change of teaching medium and character of Chinese independent  secondary education in Miri  to  prepare the students for future enrolment at the Miri campus of the Curtin University of Western Australia.

Disagreement, however intense, cannot justify abuse of power and  violation of human rights or Sarawak cannot claim to be a democratic society which respects human rights and uphold the rule of law.

Tan Seng Hin is also a  registered voter in Miri and he is entitled to exercise his  constitutional right to cast his  vote on polling day on Thursday.

Tomorrow, Sunday (23rd September 2001), Tan will fly into Miri from Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by the DAP MP for Seputeh, Teresa Kok, to exercise his constitutional  right to cast his vote on polling day as well as to be re-united with his family.

I call on Dr. George Chan and the Sarawak Barisan Nasional to respect human rights as well as the  constitutional right of Tan Seng Hin to vote in Sarawak general election on Thursday  by allowing him to return to Miri tomorrow to reunite with his family and to be able to cast his vote in the Sarawak state general election on Thursday.

(22/9/2001)



*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman