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Can know their actual number: Chan
Published on: Sunday, September 08, 2019

Member of Parliament for Kota Kinabalu, Chan Foong Hin said a consensus between the Federal and State governments to replace all past documents with the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) is a good initiative to better manage both legal and illegal immigrants in the state.

He said the decision that was announced by the Home Minister and Chief Minister on Friday (Sept 6) also augured well with the implementation of the automatic registration of voters.

“It is a wise move in view of the automatic registration of voters. It is important to have a clean electoral roll. 

“How to clean the electoral rolls? So, we should start with having proper and accurate information on the migrants and illegal immigrants in Sabah,” he said.

He said that the illegal immigrant problem in Sabah was aggravated by the fact that “we have too many kind of passes.”

Once the PSS has been issued, Chan who is also DAP Sabah secretary said the authorities would be able to know the actual number of immigrants in Sabah, which is very crucial in managing them.

“It is the first step before we move on to other issues such as how many of them are already ‘misplaced’ as voters,” he said, after officiating at the Karnival Merdeka @ Komuniti at Wisma Dang Bandang compound, Saturday.

With the information then their status could be counterchecked before deciding on the next step of whether they should be deported or be given working pass without compromising the rights of the citizens in Sabah, he said.

Chan said he had posted a question in Parliament in the July sitting on the follow-up measures taken by the government after the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report was published in 2012.

However, at that time, the Government, particularly the Home Ministry could not provide a comprehensive reply.

But, with Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin personally coming to Sabah to co-chair the meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, both the Federal and State governments managed to come to a consensus that is the issuance of the PSS, he said.

Chan also hoped the Prime Minister would announce some good news pertaining to the return of Sabah rights as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) during Malaysia Day on Sept 16 that would be held in Kuching this year.

“I am a member of the technical committee on MA63 so I know there is an outcome. I hope the Prime Minister will announce it at the Malaysia Day celebration in Kuching,” he said.



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