Sabah lost forever if PSS allowed, PBS warns
Published on: Thursday, January 09, 2020
By: Ricardo Unto
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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will be lost forever if the Government continues to push for the implementation of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS), according to Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pic).

“We believe they (government) do not have genuine intentions to solve this issue…they have other political motives,” he said, after attending a PBS get-together at Kg Langsat, Papar, Wednesday.

“Where are you going to get these 600,000 people? If you say there are about 130,000 IMM13 holders in Sabah, I think it is still OK. But why do you want to put the figures up to 600,000?

“Where do they come from? Of course these people are illegal immigrants…they are not eligible to get the proposed three-year pass.

“And even for the IMM13 holders, we want the books open. Who are these people? When did they come from? How many children each of them have?”

Ongkili stressed that PBS should also be included in the committee to screen the immigrants before identifying the approaches that can be taken to deal with them.

“Not like this…we cannot lump all in together and assume all are qualified to be given the pass.

“To us, in the end, this is a measure to legalise the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah. Once they have the three-year pass, there is no guarantee that they will have jobs.

“In the past, we provide work permits to immigrants because they have jobs,” he said.

He also questioned Upko and its President Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau’s stand on the issue.

“Tangau and Upko are interested in the future of Sabah and the natives of the State, but why do they want support something like PSS? Their struggle should be for the Momogun Kadazan Dusun Murut, but now they are selling off the rights of Sabahans.”

Ongkili also recalled the census conducted by the PBS-era State Government in 1987 as even the police then did not have the figures.

“The Chief Minister’s Department’s Settlement Division did the census but then the Federal Government came in and told us that we do not have the power to the census as under the Constitution, it is a Federal matter.

“So we stopped. But by the time we stopped, we had registered about 320,000 people in the census.

“And we used the data to convince the Federal Government that there are a lot of illegals in Sabah,” he said.

On the Kimanis by-election, Ongkili is convinced that the PSS issue will be a crucial determinant of the outcome of the election.

“Overall, the by-election means ‘Ubah Balik’ (Change Back) due to the disappointment, frustration brought by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Warisan.

“Aside from the broken promises and frustration of the people, the security of Sabahans with the long-term domination of foreigners is another important issue.

“As such, we ask the people of Kimanis to come out in force on Jan 18 and vote against PSS.

“Please vote for the candidate that we support – Datuk Mohamad Alamin who happened to be a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate.

“Even though we are no longer part of BN but we will support him as our representative to convey our frustration and our objection against PSS.”



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