Friday, February 6, 2009

Court rejects Gobalakrishan application - Malaysiakini

KUCHING: The High Court here has struck out Padang Serai MP N. Gobalakrishan’s application for leave for a judicial review of the state Immigration Department’s decision to bar him from entering Sarawak a month ago.

Judicial Commissioner Rozariah Bujang struck out the application in chambers on Friday after hearing arguments from State legal counsel Datuk J. C. Fong and Gobalakrishan’s counsel Dominique Ng Kim Ho.

Ng said he had received his client’s instruction to file an appeal with the Court of Appeal.

The MP named the state Immigration director as first respondent, and the State Secretary and the Sarawak Government as second and third respondent respectively.

Gobalakrishan was served a notice of refusal of entry on arrival at the Kuching International Airport on Christmas eve.

The reason given was that he did not belong to Sarawak, and was therefore not entitled to enter the state without a permit or pass under Section 66(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/1963.

Gobalakrishan had planned to spend Christmas with his adoptive Iban parents in Kapit. He took the name Jugan anak Jugah after he was adopted by a longhouse headman called Jugan early this year.

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