Kho: Look at the spirit of sports
SUPP Woman Chief, Kho Teck Wan acknowledges that Malaysia is a Muslim country and respect its immigration right. However, in Sarawak we have our own immigration autonomy, we are proud of our social harmony and acceptance of others, therefore we shall look beyond politics and religion and let the true spirit of sports prevail.” she said.
Kho in response to the Malaysia’s decision to impose a blanket ban on all Israelis athletes from participating in the upcoming World Para Swimming Championship said Sarawak as an equal partner in Malaysia has immigration autonomy through Annex E of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Therefore, she urged Sarawak government to assert its immigration right to allow the Israeli swimmers to participate in the championships, which will be held in Kuching Sarawak from July 29th to August 4th.
“International Paralympic Committee was quoted by AFP as being disappointed at Malaysia’s Federal Government’s decision to ban the Israeli athletes from entering the country. The UK Labour Party’s leaders at their House of Common had called the British Government to oppose Malaysia’s decision, and suggested that the championship venue be relocated. With the current development, it may cause Sarawak to lost its host position.” she said.
“By allowing the Israel athletes to enter Sarawak, Bumi Kenyalang will be seen as the land who is friendly toward the international community. Since 2019 is also the “Visit Sarawak Year”, the move will certainly help promote Sarawak’s tourism industry.I call upon my fellow Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s leaders and comrades to look beyond politics and religion in this matter. Let’s welcome all athletes to Sarawak and uphold the spirit of true Olympics which aims to promote mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity and fair play.” Kho urged.
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