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After Sabah, Sarawak Now Wants to Bar Serial Rapist, Selva Kumar, from Entering the State

Sabah and Sarawak have immigration powers that allow them to prevent any person from entering.


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After Sabah, Sarawak Now Wants to Bar Serial Rapist, Selva Kumar, from Entering the State
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Malaysian serial rapist and Canada’s “worst offender” has arrived in Malaysia yesterday morning. A throng of reporters anticipated his return at the arrival gate only to be disappointed after learning that Selva Kumar had exited KLIA through an alternative door. According to Astro Awani, the police have recorded statements from him upon his arrival.

His return has sparked a debate among the Malaysian community – some urging people to give the convict a second chance and let him enjoy his rights as a Malaysian, while others mostly are in fear of his whereabouts and whether he will strike again.

Upon his arrival yesterday, Sabah made a drastic decision by immediately barring the convict from entering the state, according to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman. Among the reasons were because “he is considered a high-risk individual and can potentially pose a danger to the public, especially women and children”. Musa later added that "we just cannot take the risk of having such a potentially dangerous individual on the loose. We must protect our citizens.”

Today, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, wants to enforce the same ban on Selva Kumar. He will propose the ban after consulting Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg over the matter. "We have (previously) barred people who had committed lesser offences (compared to Selva Kumar) from entering the state," he told the New Straits Times.

Sabah and Sarawak are among the states that have the immigration authority to ban anyone from entering their state.

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